Net Zero and the Asset Finance Industry: Have We Come to a Roadblock?
Many businesses are under ever-increasing pressure to make the transition to an EV fleet. However, the lack of government assistance has left many businesses apprehensive and wondering whether we are on track to reach the set net zero goals or if there has been a breakdown of net zero.
What Is Holding Businesses Back?
From financial and infrastructure challenges to lack of education, businesses have a number of things to consider before they can commit to running an EV fleet.
Despite the improvements to the financial aid that supports EV fleets, this help is not available to everyone, meaning that many businesses have been left weighing up whether the financial burden is worth the change.
As many businesses have gone into survival mode due to the current economic situation, this, coupled with the lack of financial support, has led to businesses being much more hesitant.
Leasing an EV fleet is a much larger financial burden than they’re used to, so unlike other businesses, who can spend without thinking, they have to decide whether or not it will aid or hinder their business in the long run before they can commit.
Range and Infrastructure Challenges
As a standard, many logistics companies have to travel long distances to get to their customers. At times this can be through quite remote locations, so having to rely on an EV fleet can pose a highly time-consuming issue…
The lack of charging infrastructure, particularly in the more remote areas, can cause major delays for drivers who consistently travel long distances. Although there have been more improvements and investments in charging infrastructure as of late, not all stations are equipped to support larger vehicles, such as HGVs, and even if they were, there is still the possibility they are all unavailable or out of order.
As well as this, most EVs have a lower range per single charge, which can make travel even more inefficient. By needing to stop and charge every 200 – 300 miles, or having to take a detour to reach a charging station in time, it can cause significant and costly increases not only to delivery time but also in the drivers’ hours.
These inconveniences are something businesses will have to keep in mind prior to deciding their routes, potentially having to extend routes just to accommodate the needs of an EV.
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