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Infrastructure tops financial incentives on fleets’ EV list

Improved charging infrastructure is the number one factor that would persuade more fleets to add electric vehicles (EVs) to their choice lists, trumping financial incentives such as the Government plug-in car grant scheme, according to recent research.

However, the difference is narrow with 55% of fleets stating that the ability to charge EVs nationwide at fuel stations, supermarkets and other public places would encourage them to adopt them, compared to 51% who said they’d be more likely if more money was available.

Only one in three (35%) respondents said nationwide charging could not persuade them to choose the technology.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced an additional £9 million to help boost the charging infrastructure, including £5.8m for rapid charge points, as part of its Go Ultra Low initiative.

There are currently more than 5,000 public chargepoints across the UK, with the Government now committed to investing around £40m to create an even larger network.

In 2013, it also announced funding to help local authorities install rapid chargers, which allow an EV to be charged up to 80% full power in less than half an hour.

Coupled with those installed by other organisations, a strategic network of around 500 rapid chargers will be deployed by the end of 2015.


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