The UK Electric Fleets Coalition, run by international non-profit Climate Group, has today launched a seven-point plan to help the new government maintain the momentum behind the UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
28 leading UK businesses have urged the Government to take the recommended below steps to ensure the UK maintains momentum behind the EV transition, and that the economy feels the benefit of ambitious transport decarbonisation plans.
Alongside the plan, the group has written to Prime Minister Liz Truss to urge her to show more support for businesses making the switch to electric.
The seven-point plan recommends:
- Ensuring the planned zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate is ambitious, simple and well-implemented to encourage automakers to increase supply
- Grant certainty for vans – with any changes to the current system announced well in advance
- A government commitment to maintain favourable Benefit in Kind rates for EVs until at least 2026
- An increase in the Advisory Electricity Rate in line with increasing energy costs to reimburse electric company car mileage
- A tendering process for the installation of charging infrastructure, which will help businesses offset the cost of upgrades
- Continued access for Local Authorities to the government’s LEVI charging infrastructure fund until at least 2028
- Introducing ‘a right to plug’, allowing EV drivers to request access to chargers in their local area
The UK Electric Fleets Coalition is a group of leading businesses, led by the Climate Group in partnership with BT Group, LeasePlan, Openreach and Royal Mail.
We have written to the new Prime Minister today, alongside unveiling our seven-point plan, because businesses need continued support to decarbonise their fleets, particularly as electricity costs continue to rise. The UK has shown strong leadership on EVs but we now need to go further.
We await further details on the government’s ZEV mandate, and we need the reassurance that the UK’s charging network will be delivered at a local level, to ensure investment is targeted and put to best use. Enshrining a ‘right to plug’ would give EV drivers the power to request charging infrastructure in their local area and be a strong show of support that this government is right behind the businesses already investing in electric road transport.
Dominic Phinn, Senior Policy Manager, Climate Group