EV trailblazers to lift the lid on a testing transition

A who’s who of experts in fleet electrification will share the stage at this summer’s Fleets in Charge Conference, sharing their experiences and assessments of where progress is and isn’t being made. The selection of senior leaders from across the rental, leasing and fleet sectors are coming together as part of the one-day event from the BVRLA, in Westminster on Wednesday 10 July.

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The conference will take stock of the Zero Emission Mandate’s impact across the whole fleet and EV ecosystem. Sessions will span keynote speeches and informative panels, offering insights drawn from the latest data as well as first-hand experiences.

Chaired by industry stalwart, Steve Fowler, the agenda includes senior fleet figures representing Arval UK, Auto Trader, Stellantis, Charge UK, National Grid, The AA, Royal Mail, Centrica, and Mobility Operations, among others. Wider insights on the future of insurance and automotive business models will come from Admiral Pioneer and Frost and Sullivan respectively.

As the UK gets ever closer to the next General Election, both leading parties will outline their political priorities to delegates. Transport Minister Anthony Browne MP will lay out the government’s current targets and progress against them. Shadow Roads Minister Bill Esterson MP will then share Labour’s vision for the sector should the party come to power later this year.

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA Chief Executive, said: “Supported by powerful incentives, business leasing has been a flagbearer for battery electric vehicle (BEV) adoption from day one. The wider picture presents an imbalanced EV uptake, with some end user segments left without any transition support and others bearing all the risks associated with adopting expensive new technology. The BEV market is in danger of stalling and the jury is still out as to whether the ZEV Mandate in its current form will help or hinder.”

“By bringing the sector’s leading voices together under one roof, the Fleets in Charge Conference will examine the successes seen in decarbonisation to date. Far from giving our sector a pat on the back, sessions will showcase how that progress can be replicated by others, while shining a spotlight on the barriers blocking further adoption.”

The full agenda can be accessed via https://fleetsincharge.co.uk/. Every session will feature interactive Q&As and give delegates the chance to share their views, while rich networking opportunities will punctuate the day and break up the panel discussions and keynotes.

Official partners for Fleets in Charge in 2024 are: Allstar, Arval UK, Auto Trader, Ebbon Group, Fleet Assist, Flexible Power Systems, Motability Operations, OEC, and The AA.

Physical tickets are available to buy online now at £499 + VAT for industry professionals. BVRLA members benefit from a discounted ‘Saver’ rate (£329 + VAT) for a limited time.