Not so fleet-ing – supplier talks up electric cars for business

Businesses should “seriously consider” electric cars for electric fleets according to energy supplier npower. The comments come as the government today announced £37million worth of funding to install new charge […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Businesses should “seriously consider” electric cars for electric fleets according to energy supplier npower.

The comments come as the government today announced £37million worth of funding to install new charge points at homes and railway stations.

Jonathan Woodthorpe, head of e-mobility for the energy provider believes a “step change in take-up” is on the horizon, pointing to the rise of UK sales in 2012.

The supplier is “totally committed” to the electric vehicle market, he said: “This will entail providing the charging solution options that companies and car users seek, such as office, depot and home charging infrastructure. This is alongside developing a range of services to enable fleet managers to track carbon savings and energy costs.  This crucial data will be vital to support and underpin any adopted electric fleet strategy.”

He said businesses can help drive the take-up of electric vehicles by setting up ‘smart charge’ points at work and offering options such as ‘pay as you go’ technology.

He predicted early business adopters of electric cars and fleets will be “reaping the full benefits” within a decade.