Appetite for EV accelerates but practical concerns still exist

Speaking at the CV Show last month, Sarah Gray, Head of Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Rivus, shared insights into the state of the electric and alternative fuel vehicle industry.

Offering facts and stats on adoption rates, performance and service maintenance and repair requirements, she compared the current landscape with estimated demand and projections for the run up 2030, the deadline for the cessation of internal combustion engine vehicle sales.

The UK will also become the first country in the world to commit to phasing out new, non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles weighing 26 tonnes and under by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero emissions by 2040.

Sarah Gray commented: “The appetite for electric and alternative fuel vehicles is accelerating at pace and will only increase as we get closer to the various deadlines. Fleet managers are looking at strategies for phasing in lower emission vehicles and upgrading LCVs but practical concerns still exist around range, battery health, costs, charging and driver training.

Being informed is the best way to embark on an EV/AF journey and fully understanding the “true” total cost of ownership is vital. Having a partner who is already one step ahead is going to get you there faster and more efficiently.”

At the CV Show, Rivus launched its latest insight report into battery health and ways to manage performance. It is one in a series of guides from the award-winning fleet management provider, based on research with manufacturers, real-life vehicle testing and data gathered and analysed over several years.

Thomas Maerz, Chief Development Officer at Rivus, also shared his comments on the importance of data in unlocking the potential for EV and AF vehicles, saying:

“Understanding electric vehicle performance through the use of data will be critical to support successful electric vehicle rollouts. There will be greater emphasis on data and telematics. By understanding operational effectiveness through analysis of this data, future vehicles, driving techniques and fleet management practices can be adapted.

He concludes: “If businesses make the right decisions now and choose the correct setup at the start of the journey, this will make a successful decarbonisation journey in the long run.”

Rivus has more than 1,200 employees, manages more than 220,000 service bookings each year and operates from 78 sites nationwide through its LCV and HGV combined garage network. It also has over 500 Rivus Approved Garage Partners and a UK wide team of mobile technicians.

To access any of the Rivus Insight reports to inform your transition to a low carbon fleet, visit our Insights page or download the latest Battery Health Insight Report.

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