Fleets Taking EV Efficiency More Seriously Thanks to Energy Price Increases, says AFP

Date: 22nd March 2023

Fleets are starting to take the efficiency of different electric vehicles (EVs) seriously thanks to increases in the cost of charging, says the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

Paul Hollick, chair at the AFP, said the gaps between the most and least efficient EVs were striking, and that fleet managers were increasingly swapping information on which were delivering the best figures in real world conditions.

“When EVs started arriving on fleets, fuelling them cost just a fraction of a petrol or diesel vehicle, so there was relatively little attention paid to which had the best miles per kWh figures. However, the price rises seen in the last year or so, with some on-the-go charging costing as much as refuelling an ICE car or van, means that is no longer the case.

“Increasingly, fleets are taking a lot of notice about which EVs are the most efficient, They are spending time analysing which fall within reasonable parameters and which don’t in exactly the same way as they have done with ICE cars for many years. That means working out whether the problem lies with the vehicle, the route or the driver – and taking appropriate managerial action.”

Paul said that fleets were even starting to remove EVs with the worst figures from choice lists and sometimes incentivising drivers to choose the most efficient options.

“It’s widely reported that some widely-used EVs are struggling around the two miles per kWh mark while competing cars can deliver almost twice that figure. These are significant differences that, with current electricity pricing, can have a genuine effect on running costs.

“Certainly, some manufacturers are starting to get reputations for EV efficiency while others are seen as the opposite, and choice lists are being modified accordingly.

“Of course, efficient EVs also make AER repayments more realistic, with the new nine pence per mile rate much closer to the amount being paid by drivers of more efficient EVs who charge at home.”