BVRLA launches ‘Plug-in-Pledge’ to increase take-up of plug-in EVs

The BVRLA has launched an ambitious ‘Plug-in Pledge’ that will see its members’ combined plug-in vehicle fleet size rise from 50,000 today to 720,000 by 2025.

The BVRLA has launched an ambitious ‘Plug-in Pledge’ that will see its members’ combined plug-in vehicle fleet size rise from 50,000 today to 720,000 by 2025.

By that time, vehicle rental and leasing companies will be buying 300,000 plug-in vehicles per year. This represents an increase in the industry’s share of annual new plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle registrations from 36% to 60%.

Earlier this month the Government reaffirmed its commitment to increase the number of electric and hybrid vehicles being driven in the UK through its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy. It outlined its ambition for 50%-70% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030 and emphasised the need for this transition to be industry-led.

The BVRLA’s ‘Plug-in Pledge’ demonstrates the vehicle rental and leasing industry’s commitment to playing a vital role in delivering this goal.

Fleets will rely upon the Government providing vital support through incentives and infrastructure in order for the BVRLA’s ‘Plug-in Pledge’ to be achieved. The association is calling on the Government to:

• Bring forward plug-in company car tax incentives now and not in 2020
• Provide a five-year commitment on plug-in vehicle incentives
• Offer more infrastructure support for businesses looking to deploy large plug-in fleets

Responding to the BVRLA, Transport Minister Jesse Norman said:

“The coming decades are expected to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. The Government has shown through the Road to Zero Strategy that setting clear ambitions for industry and consumers is key to bringing about this change.

“We want to work in partnership with industry and businesses to make these shared ambitions a reality, so we welcome the commitment made by BVRLA today.

“The measures set out in the Road to Zero strategy should help ensure that the UK remains a world leader for investment in and uptake of zero emission technologies. In addition to this, we are holding the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle summit later this year in Birmingham, placing the UK at the heart of this technological revolution.”

The ‘Plug-in Pledge’ will be officially launched at a Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons later today, to an audience of BVRLA members, vehicle manufacturers, sustainable transport stakeholders, Government officials and supportive MPs.

You can read the BVRLA press release here: BVRLA pledges to rapidly increase plug-in vehicle take-up