Why Italian fleets shun EVs

November 14, 2016

Nearly half of Italian fleet vehicles travel less than 100km a day, making electric vehicles (EVs) a viable proposition, a new study has shown. Despite this, only a fraction of fleets would consider zero-emission technology.

Companies blame a lack of recharging facilities, including secure areas where vehicles can be left overnight.

Businesses in the survey also say the range of EVs is too limited. Although the research shows EVs are capable of driving the average daily business mileage of many employees, managers rely on their instincts rather than gathering facts through internal research and analysis.

This ambivalence to EVs extends to incentives to encourage employees to opt for plug-in vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, with just 5% of Italian companies saying they offer employees incentives to change.

The higher cost of EVs is also blamed, with the majority of Italian companies preferring to operate diesel fleets which they see as the most cost-effective option. However, in many cases their assessments are not based on total cost of ownership calculations.

Among respondents, 88% of cars were diesel, with about 1% plug-in cars, while more than 3% of the fleet is gas-powered vehicles.

To increase the proportion of EVs, fleets want improved battery capacity and range, a wider national network of recharging points, particularly in south-central Italy, and improved charging times.

Fleet managers say battery recharge times do not fit the ‘daily rhythm of business’, even when considering rapid charging facilities that can recharge a battery to 80% capacity in half an hour.

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