The figures appear from the survey “Mobility transformation “, promoted of the Observatory for Corporate Mobility Top thousand (composed by Fleet and Mobility Managers for large companies) and the magazine Navy magazine.
The survey was conducted on a large sample of 103 companies of all sizes (large, medium-sized, SMEs) and various product sectors (pharmaceuticals, tour operators, banks, logistics, airlines, insurance, consultancy, etc …) in total. managed fleet of 120,731 vehicles.
The study comes a year after a previous study conducted by the observatory to verify companies’ sensitivity to electric power supplies and shows a boom in hybrid cars in the fleet of sample companies (ranging from 6,158 to 10,600 between cars and LCVs), while the electric ones are 4,531, against just over 3,600 in the previous survey. Among the various hybrid solutions on the market, the increase in the plug-in (3,698 cars), which approaches the mild hybrid (4,880), stands out.
The growth of hybrid and electric in corporate strategies
The growth in the volume of hybrid carsalbeit exponential, has been slowed in recent months by the shortage of products and the consequent delays in deliveries: 76% of the sample managed to include them in the fleet despite the difficulties, and more importantly, 81% will accept them. for the next 12 months.
No doubt about how to use these vehicles: most of the fleet managers (56 out of 103) allocate only hybrids for mixed use, while 23 companies have also included them in the operational fleet and in the pool or sharing park; a clear sign of how the hybrid is gradually being regarded as polyvalent, and of how it will play an increasingly dominant role in the future.
15% of the companies in the sample will also include over 60 hybrid cars in their fleet over the next 12 months, 10% between 30 and 60 vehicles and 41% will welcome between 1 and 20.
In the electricity area, however, the development in 2021 was less marked: Only 38% of the interviewees have included electric cars in the fleet, but on the other hand, just over 53% say that they are ready to choose them in the next year.
In fact, the growth estimate for hybrid and electric could have been much higher without the current situation of uncertainty: many fleet managers actually report that they do not know how many green vehicles they will be able to buy, due to “.productive crisis“And in some cases too”driver’s choice“.
The critical points: lack of infrastructure, little autonomy and poor suitability for business use
For some companies, it is still difficult to choose hybrid and electric cars; the scenario changes markedly depending on whether we are talking about cars without plugs (mild and full hybrid) and those with plugs (plug-in hybrid and full electric).
As for the former, the few fleet managers who have not yet taken them into use have, in almost half of the cases, highlighted that these cars are unsuitable for corporate mobility, while a significant proportion noted that rental prices were too high.
With regard to plug-in hybrids and electrical, other factors are also highlighted: firstly, the inadequacy of vehicles to the specific mobility needs, secondly, the lack of infrastructure, thirdly, the insufficient autonomy. In fourth place again the high prices.
The obvious benefits
For those who have already “poisoned” the electrification of the fleet, the benefits are obvious. In fact, 73% of the sample stated that the introduction of hybrid and electric cars provided benefits: firstly compliance with corporate values (indicated by 54% of respondents), then corporate social responsibility (43%), mobility concessions (38%) and savings (33%).
On the contrary, the problems concerned the electrification of the car fleet are the well-known: the strangest (mentioned by 98 fleet managers out of 103) is lack of infrastructurefollowed by vehicle autonomy (58 companies), drivers’ resistance to change (34), higher costs associated with precarious rents (31) and the intermittent eco-bonus (22).
How much are the incentives worth by choosing hybrid and electric cars?
In general, the study reveals an important concept: Those who chose to electrify the fleet did so for one very specific green orientationmore than for the facilities provided by law.
Not surprisingly, both tfacilitated assumption of perks for cars in the range 0-60 g / km, both eco-incentives for most of the sample were not decisive factors in the choice of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars: the first component accounted for only 30% of companies, the second, even for only 23% of those interviewed.
Among the curiosities: 13% of the interviewed fleet managers do not allow employees to choose between different models for mixed use, while 72% of those who do usually submit a “closed” car list to the driver.
In 56% of cases, management is not free to choose cars with emissions above 160 g / km, the most polluting and expensive. Another clear indication of the trend.
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