“Looking globally, the leaders of Paris, Mexico City,Madrid and Athens have all announced they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. In the UK,campaigners are calling for London's mayor to commit to phase out dieselvehicles from London by 2025.
“Taxation on polluting vehicles is becoming increasingly punitive whilefavouring low emission cars and vans, and the quality of electric and ultra-lowemission vehicles has never been better.
“For companies operating vehicle fleets, the message is to act now. Vehicle policies and driver choice lists will need reviewing in light of the growth in EVs and ULEVs because with most vehicle replacement policies being 3 to 4 yearsit’s important to have a plan now as the market is shifting faster than ever.”
Surveyconfirms driver concerns over charging points
A survey by the Automobile Association has revealed drivers’concerns over electric vehicles, the availability of charging points being the main worry.
Just over 16,500 drivers were surveyed by the AA who posed a number of questions in July last year to establish drivers’ beliefs regarding EVs.
84% said they felt there were still not enough charging points,while concerns over limited range were stated by 61% and battery charging speedby 60%.
Richard Reynolds said, “Drivers are still hesitant to commit to electric vehicles until they can feel reassured that charging won’t be a problem.
“However, looking at it objectively, in 2010 it took, on average,12 hours to charge an EV battery and the speed, even today, is very much based on the type of car you drive and where you are charging it.
“Rapid charging points now mean most new pure EVs can reach 80% capacity in around 30 minutes, and the technology is improving quickly.
“In terms of numbers of charging points, this is also growing at pace. As of June 2017, the UK had over 12,500 connectors, and this was rising at a rate of approximately 300 a month and is up more than 2500 from a year ago.
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