An increase of 102% from 11,225 to 22,630 means EVs now make up 12.2% of the total fleet, up from 6.4% a year earlier.
Joel Lund, commercial director at Arval UK, said: “During the last couple of years we have concentrated heavily on promoting the advantages of EVs to existing and new fleet customers, and are now really beginning to see the results in terms of absolute numbers.
“Our consultancy team have worked hard at constructing both mainstream fleet and salary sacrifice schemes that meet the needs of employers and employees, helping them to transition to electrification in a manner that maximises benefits and minimises disruption.”
While all vehicles, including EVs, currently have availability issues, Lund explained that Arval has managed to expand its manufacturer range, securing the supply of several key models, and that the percentage of EVs and vans currently registered is far ahead of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders actual fleet number.
“We are finding that when fleets and drivers make the decision to electrify, they generally want to do so within a relatively short timescale and being able to provide vehicles within a reasonable timeframe is a significant advantage,” he said.
“We’ve also been advising them to open up their choice lists in a structured fashion to make the most of available supply.
“This desire to electrify quickly is especially apparent when it comes to drivers who want to reduce their benefit-in-kind taxation levels at a time when the increased cost of living is a major concern.”
Market penetration of electric light commercial vehicles is currently somewhat behind EVs, but Lund believes that will change in the coming years.
“You can see from our figures that the picture for electric vans is similar to the electric car market around five years ago,” he continued.
“However, the introduction of some new and impressive models should help to change this situation quite rapidly, as well as a growing understanding of how to use electric vans operationally in a manner than maximises their benefits.
“In a year or two, we expect to see a completely different picture as more commercial vehicle fleets start on the journey to electrification.”
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