© Monta – image credit MontaUK EV adoption saw a mixed year in 2023, with demand from private EV users falling. However, Fleet EV orders were up by a third. The popularity of Fleet orders has continued through to April 2024, with one in six new cars sold being pure electric. It has taken fleet sales to a year-on-year 29% increase.

Alok Dubey, Regional Director for Western Europe at Monta, explains that with this rising trend comes new commercial opportunities for charge point suppliers and operators to support the expansion of the Fleet charging infrastructure.

Fleet Owners and Managers are increasingly aware of the benefits, both economically and environmentally, of transitioning to electric fleets.

However, there is still work to be done and barriers to be overcome before full EV fleet adoption is achieved.

Meeting the decarbonisation complexity head-on

Fleet managers are facing significant complexity in 2024 as they look to decarbonise their fleets. Fortune favours the brave and many studies are showing the benefits of transitioning fleet vehicles to include more EVs.

The catalyst for many commercial fleets to switch to zero-emission mobility relies on robust workplace and depot charging infrastructure. This will provide fleet operators with the confidence and conviction to invest in a ‘greener fleet’.

This means undertaking a comprehensive feasibility assessment. The assessment should evaluate the localised grid capacity and estimated consumption. It should ensure the intended location is viable with the supply headroom required.

Maximising the investment

The once-high upfront costs are beginning to come down as major EV manufacturers drop their prices. Tesla recently dropped the price of its Model Y, and Chinese EV manufacturers such as BYD are entering the market with more low-cost, long-range EVs.

This EV transition doesn’t end with cars. We are seeing more use of electric buses, trucks and taxis. Fleet operators across the UK and Europe are discovering the financial benefits that come from owning their charging infrastructure in a world hungry for as many charge points as possible.

Fleet operators are in a prime position to benefit from their investment in charging infrastructure by offering services to the public. By opening up their network for public use, they can create additional revenue opportunities while also driving the adoption of EVs and expanding charging infrastructure. This approach strengthens the financial sustainability of fleet operations and supports broader sustainability goals.

Commercialising Fleet Adoption

Fleet operators can address the growing demand for EV charging stations by implementing ‘charging-to-charge’ programs. For example, opening their infrastructure to the public during off-peak hours. They can:

  • Form partnerships with businesses
  • Offer incentivised charging
  • Integrate with ride-sharing services
  • Engage with the community to promote EV adoption

All of which will support the expansion of d the public charging infrastructure.

This proactive approach boosts the EV market and also challenges any misconceptions over public charging accessibility. It should encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles. Charging to charge can be an attractive strategy. It will empower fleet operators to switch to more sustainable transportation while supporting economic growth and environmental responsibility.

Expanding the UK’s charging infrastructure

The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate represents a significant stride towards advancing the transition to electric mobility. This mandate requires manufacturers to progressively increase the proportion of EVs sold as part of their total registrations, with annual targets on the rise. 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold in Great Britain will now be zero emission by 2030, increasing to 100% by 2035.

The mandate encourages manufacturers to prioritise the production and sale of EVs and ensures the expansion of the variety of zero-emission vehicles available in the market.

This increased demand acts as a catalyst for both public and private entities to invest in installing more charge points across the country.

Accelerating the opportunity through collaboration

Collaborations between government agencies, local authorities, and private companies can help streamline the planning, funding, and implementation of charging infrastructure projects. By pooling resources and expertise, these partnerships can accelerate the deployment of charging infrastructure to meet the growing needs of EV fleets.

As fleet operators recognise the benefits of electrification, they are positioning themselves as positive contributors to cleaner air and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Additionally, they will be able to seize commercial opportunities and support the UK’s charging infrastructure development.

The momentum towards EV adoption isn’t slowing down despite what some high-profile naysayers have to say. Regulatory initiatives like the ZEV Mandate are driving the market towards zero-emission mobility and the expansion of charging infrastructure. Today, there is a concerted effort to propel the UK transportation sector to a more sustainable future.

As demand escalates, collaboration between stakeholders becomes paramount. Government agencies, local authorities, and private companies all have an important role to play in the acceleration of the UK’s charging infrastructure.

If this happens, the UK will be in a prime position to meet the needs of larger EV fleets. At the same time, it will create new commercial opportunities for Fleet operators and ensuring the UK’s EV charging infrastructure is fit for purpose.

MontaMonta is an electric vehicle (EV) charging platform that is looking to revolutionise EV charge point infrastructure across Europe. By providing an EV charging app for car owners and a management system for charge point owners, Monta connects drivers, site owners and charge installers to supercharge electric vehicles and create an open, accessible network of charge point infrastructure.

The Monta software allows any company, organisation, and public entity with available sites and space to view, manage and set up charge points for employees, guests, and public EV drivers. Charge point owners can then manage users, power usage, pricing, access and transactions through the Monta app. Through peer-to-peer charging, homeowners can share their chargers with a community of EV drivers as a source of additional income while helping save the planet. By connecting personal EV chargers to the Monta app, private charge point owners can view their charging history, manage access to the charge point, and set their own pricing and usage.


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