Over the next five years the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet industry will be registering 400,000 battery electric cars and vans each year, according to the BVRLA.
Two years after the BVRLA launched its 'Plug-in Pledge' - promising to increase uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles - the association now reveals its updated figures.
In July 2018, the BVRLA said that the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet industry’s combined battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet size would jump from 50,000 to 720,000 by 2025. By that time, the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet sectors would be buying 300,000 plug-in vehicles per year.
Two years on, and the pace of road transport decarbonisation has accelerated.
The BVRLA therefore revisited the Plug-in Pledge, working with Frost and Sullivan, a global market intelligence, thought leadership consultancy operating in the personal and freight mobility industry, to create a new forecast. The 2020 Plug-in Pledge now says:
• By 2025, the vehicle rental, leasing and fleet industry will be registering 400,000 battery electric cars and vans each year. This means it will be responsible for 80% of sales in the UK.
• In terms of total fleet, the industry will own and operate 75% of battery electric vehicles on UK roads – around 900,000 vehicles.
• If you include plug-in hybrid vehicles, the figures are even more impressive. By 2025, the rental, leasing and fleet industry will be registering nearly 570,000 plug-in cars and vans every year and will own and operate around 1.3m plug-in vehicles in total.
Responding to the launch of the pledge at the BVRLA’s Fleets in Charge event today, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: 'It’s fantastic that so many BVRLA members are making commitments to introduce zero-emission fleets ahead of the Government’s phase-out target. BVRLA members are fundamental to the transition to cleaner road transport.'