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Are Trends Electric?

Recent moves to discourage car owners from purchasing diesel vehicles via urban pollution charges et al were highlighted here , but now the move away from the nitrous emissions is gaining further pace. How far away are we from moving fully into the electric/hybrid era? It could be sooner than you think.

UK Government Plans

As it stands the Government is planning to end the production of all petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040. Along with our Gallic chums over the channel they see it as the best way to combat the alarming rise in air pollution that blights so many of metropolitan areas. As we reported previously, charges are being implemented to dissuade the public from using diesel cars but this is now a far more drastic turn of events. The commitment seems clear and for generations that have grown up only ever knowing petrol driven cars it may seem strange. However moves across the industry are afoot to make this plan a reality.

Volvo Takes Action

In July news hit the UK media that Volvo are setting out to only make cars with an electric motor from 2019. This will be a huge step and mean that they will become the first major player to build vehicles that are not solely reliant on the internal combustion engine. Volvo’s Chinese owners Geely have been the chief drivers for electric vehicle production in recent times. They are spearheading the move to electric in their homeland and sold over a quarter of a million electric vehicles there in 2016. That is compared to just over 100k throughout the whole of Europe. They mean business.

For their part, Volvo aim to sell a million electric vehicles by 2025. Whether any other manufacturers follow suit with such a business plan remains to be seen but it is certain that the progress of the strategy will be followed very closely by the competition.

UK Reaction

Private owners will be monitoring the purchase and running costs alongside whatever environmental concerns they might have. However the real training ground for the move to electric will be seen across the UK car fleet sector and the early signs are that they are ready and willing to embrace it. The ability to spread the higher purchase costs over several years is attractive when combined with the electric cars’ reduced running costs. Another key point is that most recharging facilities are situated on major routes which are the main highways used by fleet companies. They make fewer journeys though the back roads than the average private user, where recharging points are few and far between.


It’s dangerous to make too many conclusions in the early stages of a major shift in an industrial strategy; however several pieces of the jigsaw are now in place and with Government policies, manufacturers’ desire to lead the way in the move away from petrol/diesel and the willingness of the fleet sector to embrace the change, it does appear that the days fossil fuelled vehicles could be coming to an end. In a fast changing world nothing is certain but at this stage it would be wise for company fleet buyers and individual motorists to familiarise themselves with what a major shift to electric vehicles would mean for you out on the road.


As the human race continues its quest to lessen its carbon footprint electric cars are gradually becoming more popular. Charging stations are far more numerous today and designs and options are improving across the board. However for many businesses it is still going to take a fairly substantial leap of faith to “go electric” but should it given what is available now?

The key factors for any business will be the financial impact and practicality. If neither of these issues cannot be worked out then the desire to help clean up the atmosphere and reduce carbon outputs won’t even get off the ground. If a business owner can’t afford to run electric cars and they don’t get the staff to the desired location then, with all the best will in the world, it isn’t going to happen. So where are we today regarding costs and the ability for a fleet to be able to operate widely across the country?

The basic situation regarding finance is that the initial outlay will be higher than a petrol/diesel vehicle but the ongoing running and maintenance costs will be considerably cheaper. For example, in 2016, the electric versions of the VW Golf and Ford Focus come in at just over £30k. The benefits are that the vehicles are eligible for grant subsidy ranging from around £2500 up to £8000 but this is very model and usage specific and we won’t cover that level of detail in this guide. Lease options are varied and take into account range, usage and model as one would expect with any vehicle/fleet purchase.

Regarding practicality the situation is certainly now much more manageable. There are many, many more charging points across the UK and as one would expect they are heavily biased toward more urban and motorway laden areas. Good news for most businesses but a concern for anyone who needs to make a decent amount of rural trips. Charging times are improving and there are options to charge at home or at the workplace, where again a subsidy may come into play to help fund the costs. Other than charging the other main concern is range and that too is making leaps and bounds. Many models now have a range in excess of 100 miles and the top of the class version can manage more than 300 miles but, as ever, the price will reflect that and can push £100k at purchase point.

With environmental targets part of the legislative process electric cars are at the forefront. The Government forecasts that by 2027 up to 50% of new cars sold will be electric and whilst this may be ambitious it won’t halt the number of charging outlets, sweeteners, discounts and increase in the actual vehicles made. It is likely to be a boom industry over the next decade and you can be confident that the incentives will be materially significant for businesses.

Market leaders can provide specialist advice, charging station maps, finance options and just about anything else that you’d need to consider for your own corporate fleet. Electric cars are certainly no longer a running joke, they are out there already working for many businesses and if it suits you to have a low running cost based operation, with mainly urban or motorway usage then it’s definitely a realistic option.


Running a fleet of vehicles requires robust management practices. It’s a given that your drivers
need to be fully trained, your vehicles insured and costs administered efficiently but perhaps most critically of all, the fleet needs to be operational at all times. Any vehicle that covers high mileage is likely to have the occasional breakdown so being properly covered is a key business concern that can help reduce any downtime to the minimum. This is a brief and introductory guide as to why choosing fleet breakdown cover over individual vehicle cover is a sound business strategy.

A fleet can be as few as just two vehicles going all the way up the largest national corporations
with several thousand. Either way the most important aspect to any business is getting the customer deliveries & meetings dealt with on time and without delay. Any day that drifts by with a vehicle sitting in a garage waiting for repair is a day without payment, so it’s clearly desirable to reduce this downtime to just an hour or two where possible.
With fleet cover a business can arrange the right level of cover to suit its needs for all the vehicles that it owns in one package. With fleet breakdown cover from Breakdown Direct you can also mix and match, so whilst company vans may only need breakdown assistance and recovery in the UK, Directors’ cars may also require the addition of European Breakdown Cover.

At Breakdown Direct we cover all the normal causes of breakdown and we don’t exclude what is often known as ‘driver fault problems’ – e.g. filling with the wrong fuel.

Did you know that many breakdown polices won’t cover you for accident recovery? All levels of our breakdown cover will provide you with practical help and assistance following an accident. The benefit to your drivers is that they have one number to call, regardless of the event.

Roadside Recovery
1 hour breakdown roadside recovery, Tow to a garage.The hard yards of the most typical assistance required comes as standard with all our levels of cover. This means your vehicles will receive prompt service should it encounter difficulties whilst on the road 1 mile from your business address. And if we can’t get it going at the roadside a tow to the nearest
garage will be provided.

Nationwide Recovery
In the event that neither roadside repairs can be undertaken nor a suitable garage is available, you will have the option of being taken home or to any destination that you prefer. It’s a good feature to have at your disposal for the safety of your drivers and vehicles.

Home Starter
This coverage allows us to provide the 1 hour roadside recovery service within a mile from the vehicle’s staring point. As with the roadside recovery above, should the vehicle require more attention to help it get back on the road we can tow it to the nearest available garage where the repairs can be done.

European Cover
This allows you to be covered for periods spent driving in Europe. Our coverage means that any vehicle can be given breakdown assistance for a 90 day period and for individual journeys right up to a 31 day period. This is great news for those trading across the continent and wanting to be able to deliver the same standard of service abroad as is expected at home without the additional worry.

Caravan and Trailers
All caravans are trailers are covered gratis under any of the levels of coverage mentioned above.

Please Contact Us
Please feel free to discuss with us the details of any coverage that you may require to help keep your fleet working to its maximum potential. It’s simpler, more cost effective, and less bureaucratic and gives greater peace of mind to you, your drivers and your clients. Get in touch today and we can put you on your way to all the benefits that fleet breakdown cover provides.

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