61% of European fleets soon to be electrified?

According to a survey conducted by the telematics specialist dedicated to fleet managers, more than two-a-third of professional and light utility vehicles could be replaced by electric models and 34% of fleets could be entirely made up of them.

Likewise, 57% of companies could consider converting at least half of their vehicles. © Webfleet Solutions

While diesel still remains the predominant type of engine in professional car fleets, it is tending to give way to electrified cars. It must be said that the difference between the TCO of an EV and that of a thermal vehicle is gradually narrowing, playing in favor of an energy transition of the fleet. Added to this is financial incentives for electromobility as well as increasingly burdensome regulatory constraints (malus, ZFE, etc.) : enough to make the context conducive to the adoption of EV.

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An idea that is taken up by the study carried out by the telematician and subsidiary of Bridgestone, Webfleet, through its fleet electrification planning tool which is part of the fleet management solution. Based on anonymized driving data from around 100,000 connected vehicles in the fleets of 5,000 European customers, this report “Serves as an indicator to assess the electrification potential of commercial fleets across Europe” explains Taco van der Leij, vice president of Webfleet Solutions Europe. I have to say that, “For a fleet manager, a question is particularly important when considering switching to electric vehicles: will an EV be able to perform efficiently and safely the type of journeys that my current vehicles make on a daily basis? [Or], telematics data can help answer this question » he adds.

A third of the fleets could be 100% electric

Thus, the Webfleet study concludes that if a vehicle travels less than 300 km per day – benchmark distance showing the average range value of electric car and LCV models currently available – over a period of 12 months, it can be replaced by an electric vehicle.

Consequently, 61% of commercial vehicles in Europe could be replaced by an electric alternative when almost 83% of companies could replace at least one of their vehicles with an electric model. Similarly, 57% of companies could consider converting at least half of their vehicles and more than a third replace all their vehicles in their fleet with EVs! By following the recommendations of the telematician, the pros concerned could benefit from sacred advantages and in particular from a reduction in their gasoline consumption of more than 42% and diesel of a little more than 30%. Without forgetting that their CO emissions2they would be reduced by about 30% as well.

Also carrying out a comparison by sector of activity, Webfleet Solutions defines the rate of electrifiable vehicles in the field of passenger transport at less than 40%. A percentage that climbs no higher than 45% for the provision of food goods. Professional services, for their part, goes up to 67% in terms of PV. However, it is the installation and technical repair structures that reach the highest electrification potential, in the LCV segment, with almost 70%.

The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France in the lead

Across all the European countries studied, at least half of all professional and light commercial vehicles could be replaced by electric vehicles. According to the results of the survey, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands show the highest conversion rate with 70% and 69% respectively, closely followed by France at the foot of the podium with 67%. Next come Germany (61%) and Italy below the 60% mark (58% precisely).

This ranking can be explained in particular by the availability of charging points in these regions. Of the 144,000 charging points available in the European Union and the United Kingdom, the majority are in fact in the Netherlands (26%), Germany (19%), France (17%) and the United Kingdom (13%). What is more, these territories have often adopted severe restrictions to reduce carbon emissions in their agglomerations. Proof, if any, that the transition of fleets to “connected” mobility is still subject to many factors which are not only economic but also structural, companies needing a solid recharging ecosystem to make their electrification projects a reality.


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