Fleet Logistics has rolled out a driver profiling tool to help drivers make the switch to an electric vehicle (EV).

The tool will ask the driver a series of questions to identify their priorities and guide them to the best vehicle for their needs.

“Selecting the correct vehicles for your fleet is a paramount in the success of any EV change or pilot programme,” said Sue Branston, country head of fleet logistics UK and Ireland. “Firstly, part of the review is to discuss with your chosen vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to test their products in real world scenarios.

“It may also be relevant to review the acquisition method and maintenance approach for some fleet operators that have not considered this for a while.”

With a range of new electric vehicle (EV) models available, government grants and tax incentives, Fleet Logistics believes that businesses should now be looking to make the switch. Recent figures show that battery electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for 17.2% of new vehicles sold in June.

Madelaine Webster, from Global Mobility Solutions at Fleet Logistics, added: “Many UK fleet operators are still unsure whether their organisation is ready to make the switch.  However, as more businesses pledge to take action to reduce their emissions, and with cities across Europe focused on reducing congestion and air pollution, creating a roadmap to a greener fleet will become a future core requirement. Start small and scale up if you are unsure and track results as you roll out your fleet transition programme.”

Another major concern for businesses is mileage reimbursement. According to Webster, the Advisory Electricity Rate of 4ppm has remained at the same level since 2018.

“The Association of Fleet Professionals and BVRLA have joined forces to request that the government review this rate and consider different engines sizes to mirror the approach to other fuel types. A separate rate has also been requested for vans,” said Webster.

“In the main, the perceived obstacles to electrification can be overcome. Our specialists help businesses roadmap, review policy and procure vehicles at the right pace. If in doubt, ask experts for help, as it is the time to start the process,” she said.