The largest study of Australia’s fleet marketplace on Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption has found limited action from Federal Government, high purchase costs and limited availability as leading causes for the slow adoption of EVs within Australia.
Many organisations have set targets to become carbon neutral but given transport emissions contribute almost 18% of Australia’s total emissions, converting their fleet is going to be challenging. Earlier this year the Australasian Fleet Management Association and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment worked together to take the pulse of organisations to understand:
- Where they are in their EV journey?
- Any barriers and roadblocks they are encountering?
- What assistance they need to transition to zero emissions vehicles?
We heard from 177 organisations representing many industry verticals and levels of government who control almost 70,000 vehicles. Thanks to ACA Research and support from AGL (Australia’s largest private investor in renewable energy), AfMA’s Electric Vehicles in Business Fleets Report has been prepared and is available free.
The information and insights in this report are designed to provide a status check for organisational transition to zero emissions vehicles, inform and empower suppliers of products and services to Australian fleets, as well as policy makers at all levels of government. The key takeaways include:
- Larger fleets are most likely to have reached a higher level of EV maturity
- Challenges stopping fleets from implementing EVs earlier are as follows
- EV purchase cost (60%)
- cost of setting up workplace infrastructure (45%)
- limited choice (34%)
- Less than 33% of our respondents are currently operating electric vehicles, suggesting most are still reviewing the suitability of these vehicles for their fleets.
- Despite COVID-19, 53% of respondents indicated their purchase decisions are business as usual whilst 25% said its watch and wait.
“The information and insights in this report are designed to inform and empower suppliers of products & services to Australian fleets, as well as policy makers at all levels of government,” said AfMA Executive Director Mace Hartley. “While we see many private and public sector organisations choosing to ‘go green’ by reducing vehicle emissions, their underlying motivations can vary significantly.”