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Local authorities are stepping up plans for EV

PUBLISHED ON: 20/03/2024

Half of all local authorities now have an electric vehicle charging strategy in place, but only a tiny proportion are talking to fleets about their needs.

The latest Fleet Friendly Charging Index from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) shows that 49% of local authorities have a plan in place, up from 37% last year.

Those with plans are expected to be in the majority by the end of 2024.

This is due to more engagement with the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Programme (“LEVI”), which is making funding available to support local infrastructure plans.

The funding is enabling experts to be hired, teams to be set up, and projects to get off the ground.

Although momentum is growing in the number of local authorities developing EV strategies, a major disconnect remains between those teams and the fleet sector.

Evidence of fleet engagement has improved year on year to reach 38% of local authorities (up from 34%).

The biggest annual uplift shown by the Fleet Friendly Charging Index is in the number of local authorities now listing a dedicated EV contact.

New teams and roles have been created which now means that 57% of local authorities have someone responsible for taking EV plans through from development into delivery.

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