Emerging pathways to decarbonise UK fleets
In less than a decade all sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK will be banned. Over that same period, we will see the number of electric vehicles (EVs) rise from some 300,000 today to an estimated 13 million. Decarbonising transport is a critical component of our journey to Net Zero and it will happen at pace over the next decade.
But this transition does not just depend upon consumers. Around six million vehicles on the roads today are part of a vehicle fleet: delivery vans, buses, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and other specialist transport, operated by organisations of all sizes across the public and private sectors. If we are to achieve our ambition of being Net Zero by 2050, if not sooner, then these organisations will need to replace their internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with low carbon alternatives.
Many fleet operators are weighing up the right time to begin this process. Move sooner, and the organisation may have to deal with challenges including a more restricted choice of vehicles and the need for a more bespoke charging solution. Move too late, and the organisation will risk brand damage relative to their competitors.
We spoke to 40 businesses from across the fleet industry in order to share best practice and lessons learned, in the hope that it can help fleet operators just starting out to accelerate and de-risk their journey.
 National Grid Future Energy Scenarios, 2021 - Leading the Way scenario
“Local authorities are important. They have a role to play as a safety net to ensure charging networks are established, especially in rural areas. Moreover, you need a blending of local authorities and the private sector, a hybrid model, to ensure charging infrastructure is effective.”