Licence-checking company Licence Bureau has warned fleets there is an electric vehicle ‘knowledge gap’.
The company said the gap issue is two-fold and interlinked. It said one issue is a lack of clear, transparent, readily available information is resulting in business drivers holding back on committing to EVs due to uncertainty around their suitability.
The firm also claimed businesses should be doing more to support employees with the decision-making process by focusing on their driving profile and understanding the benefits – or otherwise – that adopting EV mobility may have.
“Electric vehicles really are a hot topic right now for anyone involved in or requiring mobility,” said Martin Starkey, training development manager at Licence Bureau. “The uptake of EVs is actively being encouraged to the UK business sector with financial incentives, and is seen as a key breakthrough market, but the reality is overcoming the knowledge gap, amongst both businesses and individual business drivers, could prove the greatest challenge.”
It added the challenges can be overcome and is looking to support its partners with practical advice and insights via a newly introduced Empowered Driving, Empowered Plus EV module. The 30-minute EV module can be added to Licence Bureau’s Empowered Driving course designed to provide business drivers with the tools necessary to enhance driving safety.
Starkey added: “There are so many confused messages within the market right now that many businesses and business drivers are reluctant to commit to EVs. However, with the huge investment going into this area it is only a matter of time before EVs become the mainstream and we are keen to support businesses in early adoption. Through education, and dispelling the common myths relating to EVs, businesses and drivers alike will be much better positioned to make decisions based on data and facts in order to support their driver compliance strategies.”