Committee aims to address kerbside charging “stumbling block”

Published:  05 October, 2021

The issue of accessible kerbside charging for EVs is being taken up by a new committee formed by an organisation for vehicle fleets, where this is seen as the “last stumbling block” holding back mass adoption.

Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) Chairman Paul Hollick commented. “Adequate kerbside charging is vital to the corporate fleet sector being able to achieve its 2030 electrification objectives, but many are hitting significant problems with those employees that do not have a home charging solution. This is especially the case for people who live in terraced streets or apartments.”

Initial members of the group representatives from Capita, Virgin Media SSE, ISS, Kier, OpenReach, Clarion Response, Centrica, and more.

Paul continued: “The government has a programme in place where funds are made available for chargers to be installed but it depends on local authorities, many of which are starved of finances, also making a contribution. In our opinion, it is inadequate for the task at hand."

Paul added: “Together, these businesses are operating thousands of EVs and many are finding that more than half of their drivers really need kerbside charging, especially those that are adopting electric vans, whose drivers are proving less likely to have their own driveway. At the moment, it’s not an exaggeration to say that they are muddling through with a mixture of depot-based charging and use of high-speed public facilities. However, both of these bring sizeable operational compromises, either needing vehicles to return to base or taking time out of the working day for charging."

He concluded: “To us, solving this problem is really the last stumbling block to EV adoption for fleets and making rapid progress in this area is absolutely essential. We are very much looking to create effective momentum very rapidly.”

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