The BVRLA has welcomed the government’s new £35m package to support the ultra-low emission vehicle market (ULEV), which includes £10m of funding for workplace and residential on-street chargepoints.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney commented: “We are delighted that the government has listened to our call for support with workplace charging. Fleet buyers and company car drivers are leading the uptake of plug-in electric vehicles, with businesses responsible for 72% of electric vehicle registrations in the first half of this year, according to the SMMT.
“The ability to charge at work is a massive incentive for many people that are looking to ‘go ultra-low’.”
The leasing sector is in the vanguard of ULEV adoption. Some 4.2% of BVRLA members’ vehicles are electric and 3.7% of their new registrations in Q2 2016 were pure electric or plug-in electric cars. This is well ahead of the market penetration achieved across all new registrations.
Keaney added: “Businesses will only be able to continue this growth with fiscal support from the Government. Workplace charging is a very positive step, but there is a lot more that policymakers can do.
“We need them to narrow the CO2 gaps between tax bands at the lower end of the company car tax scale and make a bigger commitment to in-life incentives for users of plug-in electric vehicles. Employers also need more clarity on how they should treat business travel reimbursements for electric mileage."
About the BVRLA
Established in 1967, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the rental and leasing of cars and commercial vehicles. Its 850+ members operate a combined fleet of around 4.5million cars, vans and trucks. BVRLA members buy nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK, supporting around 317,000 jobs and contributing nearly £25bn to the economy each year.
By consulting with government and maintaining industry standards, the BVRLA helps its members deliver safe, sustainable and affordable road transport to millions of consumers and businesses. For more information, visit www.bvrla.co.uk.
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