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Will electric vehicles ever get going?

In the seemingly never ending battle to make electric vehicles (EVs) real contenders in the UK market, wireless charging points are the latest idea hoped to convince a generation to forget traditional fuel.

‘Range anxiety’ is the most common reason given for not choosing electricity – this is the fear of the battery running flat mid journey. Wireless charging will mean (theoretically, of course) unlimited range – imagine where every time the vehicle stops, whether at base in the garage, in truck stops or even at traffic lights, the vehicle receives a top-up charge. That’s the dream, but still years (maybe even decades) away from a reality.

So let’s come back down to earth.

Recently the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), which represents organisations that buy about half of all new vehicles in the UK, has warned there are still huge road blocks to convincing fleet buyers to switch to EV and reaching a future where electric is the norm:

1) Lack of charging points,
2) lack of HGV option,
3) HGVs require increased power
4) and speed of EVs.

Plus, ‘they’ say you should never buy the first of any new technology; BVRLA’s Chief Executive, John Lewis, believes automotive technology will change more in the next 15 years than it has in the last 75 years.

I hate to put a downer on what is undeniably exciting steps in the electric vehicle technology race, but everything comes down to business (and money). It will be down to the fleet buyers to put in the orders that will get this new market on its feet and there’s still a long way to go before they’ll be convinced enough to take the plunge.

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