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Pace of EV growth 'phenomenal,' says Fleet Alliance MD

As Britain edges closer to 2030 - and to the ban on new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles being sold - the Managing Director of Fleet Alliance says that EV takeup has been ‘phenomenal.’

Martin Brown, who heads up the fleet management company, said in an interview with Fleet Management Weekly that he believed infrastructure growth was also on track.

“While it’s slightly daunting to look and see the deadline is being so close, the pace of EV growth in the UK has been phenomenal,” he said. “I’m actually quite optimistic despite news coverage about a lack of infrastructure. I believe that infrastructure is now growing at a pace.

“The issues that we had 12 months ago aren’t the issues that we have today. Range anxiety is lessening as the range of the vehicles improves, and I think that some players like Tesla have played a big part in fostering EV growth.

“If you told me 12 months ago that we’d see this level of growth, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet, despite fewer business miles being driven in the past year, that change might be a better fit for electric vehicles.

“Lower mileage and shorter journeys mean that it’s easier to get the electric vehicle uptake in. It also takes away some of the range anxiety concerns. We are finding that people are less likely to travel on public transport, so we might have more people taking a car rather than taking the train and the bus.

“Overall, the market has yet to settle down, and I don’t think we know how it’s going to look in maybe 24 or 36 months.”

What does this mean for workshops?

Martin’s comments will certainly bring comfort to early EV adopters, but what about garage owners? Change is most certainly afoot, and as fleets begin to order EVs by the boatload, mechanics will soon be expected to work on them on a regular basis. Investing in the appropriate training and specialist EV servicing equipment now should pay off in the years to come.

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