July 21, 2019

Boost for EV charging as BVRLA provides Plug-in-Pledge update

The BVRLA has welcomed the announcement that the government is marking the anniversary of its Road to Zero Strategy launch by investing £37m in new vehicle charging infrastructure.

It comes as the association marks the anniversary of its own zero-emission vehicle initiative, the BVRLA Plug-in-Pledge, which committed the vehicle leasing, rental and car club industry to making 300,000 plug-in vehicle registrations per year in 2025.

BVRLA director of external relations, Toby Poston, said: “The pledge we launched last July saw us commit to increase the BVRLA’s combined plug-in fleet from 50,000 vehicles to 720,000 in 2025. We are pleased to report that we are on track, with growth of 40% taking the combined fleet to 70,000 plug-in vehicles by the end of 2018.

“The government acknowledges the vital role our industry plays in delivering cleaner road transport. BVRLA members are currently responsible for around 35% of the UK’s plug-in electric vehicles, but this figure can be far greater with the right incentives and support for fleets.

“Our recent Road to Zero Report Card report set out a number of recommendations to government on charging infrastructure. These included providing more funding and support to eliminate the UK’s rapid public charge point ‘blackspots’ and the need to mandate universal methods of access and payment.”