Last reviewed 4 July 2022
Electric vehicle sales in the business sector are set to increase by over a third, but concerns over charging infrastructure remain, a survey has found.
A new survey published by energy services group Centrica reveals that the number of electric vehicles (EVs) operated by UK businesses is set to increase by 35% this year.
The majority of fleet operating businesses (62%) said they expect to operate a 100% electric fleet within the next four years, which Centrica says is comfortably ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles. More than four in ten (44%) said they had increased the number of EVs in their fleet over the last 12 months.
Commenting on the survey report, Greg McKenna, Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions, said: "With a record number of EVs expected to enter the UK this year, we must ensure the supply of vehicles and wider charging infrastructure is robust enough to meet the demand."
After recent criticism over the lack of access to EV charging, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced in March that it would invest an extra £450 million to increase the number of EV public charging points in the UK tenfold over the next eight years and make the network more accessible for drivers.
Despite the Government’s planned investment, almost two thirds (63%) of businesses are concerned about access to public charging points to keep their fleet moving. Almost half (48%) of firms surveyed have installed EV charging points at their premises, with more than a third (36%) planning to invest in on-site charging infrastructure in the next 12 months.
“Businesses will continue to play a vital role in achieving the UK’s green transport ambitions, but with a record number of EVs expected to enter the UK this year, we must ensure the supply of vehicles and wider charging infrastructure is robust enough to meet the demand,” McKenna added.
The Centrica report, Charging Forward: How Businesses are Powering the Evolution, is available here.