UK Car Hire Firms Make Electric Vehicle Pledge

Electric vehicleIf you plan on renting vehicles in the UK in the near future, you could soon have a wide array of electric cars to choose from.  That’s because the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has pledged to increase the number of electric cars by 1,300%.

Speaking on behalf of its 900 members, the organisation has unveiled plans to increase the fleet of plug-in vehicles in the UK from 50,000 to 720,000 by 2025.

As the rental sector is responsible for one in eight cars on UK roads, this drive to introduce low-emission vehicles will be pivotal in government efforts to reduce vehicle emissions.

It is important to note that the BVRLA has said the move will only be possible if the government provides more assistance with developing the technology that is required.  This involves bringing tax incentives forward from 2020 and aiding the development of an electric vehicle charging network that will enable cars to be powered across the UK.

The network will be essential as hire firms will be unable to use large fleets of plug-in vehicles until the accompanying infrastructure is in place.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said he wants recharging electric vehicles to be easier than fuelling vehicles at a petrol station.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney has said the market is “ready to make a large-scale transition to zero-emission motoring”. 

The government’s Road to Zero Strategy sets out plans to ensure that half of all new car sales are ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030.  There remains some way to go though, as just 5.5% of the UK’s new car market in the first half of 2018 was hybrid and other electric vehicles.

If you do intend to hire a vehicle in the coming months, you may want to consider car hire excess insurance to protect against the excess you would need to pay should the vehicle be damaged or stolen.

Anything from daily to annual cover is available and it often costs less than you might think, giving you added peace of mind when you’re off exploring new territory.

Date Created: 10 September 2018

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