AFP forms Kerbside Charging Group

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5th October 2021

The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has formed a new Kerbside Charging Group to tackle EV adoption concerns among fleets where drivers can’t access home chargers.

It’s the “last stumbling block” to fleet electric vehicle (EV) adoption, according to the organisation.

The committee has been created to try and promote effective on-the-ground solutions for businesses adopting EVs in places where other charging facilities were unavailable.

Paul Hollick, AFP chair, said: “Adequate kerbside charging is vital to the corporate fleet sector being able to achieve its 2030 electrification objectives but many are hitting significant problems with those employees that do not have a home charging solution. This is especially the case for people who live in terraced streets or apartments.”

Effective kerbside charging designs are available from a variety of providers, but they are currently fitted in very few places. The government has a programme in place where funds are made available for chargers to be installed but it depends on local authorities, many of which are starved of finances, also making a contribution.

The new group will work with fleets, charging providers and local authorities to ensure that charging is available in the places where it is needed.

Initial members of the group include Denise Lane of Capita, David Fisher and Rod Hogg of Virgin Media, Simon Gray of SSE, Duncan Webb of ISS, Dale Eynon of DEFRA, Julie Madoui and Claire Kershaw of Kier, Olly Kunc of OpenReach, Colin Hutt of Clarion Response, James Rooney and Lucy Simpson of Centrica, Lee Jackson of Marston Holdings, Tony Murphy of Murphy Plant, Aaron Powell of Speedy Services, and Simon King of Mitie.

Hollick said: “Together, these businesses are operating thousands of EVs and many are finding that more than half of their drivers really need kerbside charging, especially those that are adopting electric vans, whose drivers are proving less likely to have their own driveway.

“At the moment, it’s not an exaggeration to say that they are muddling through with a mixture of depot-based charging and use of high speed public facilities. However, both of these bring sizeable operational compromises, either needing vehicles to return to base or taking time out of the working day for charging.

“One of our initial tasks is to potentially collate all the fleet data, given to us from AFP members, into a centralised portal to map exactly where we need kerbside charge points. We’re hoping to complete this over the next few months.

“To us, solving this problem is really the last stumbling block to EV adoption for fleets and making rapid progress in this area is absolutely essential. We are very much looking to create effective momentum very rapidly.”

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