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Electric Vehicles: Shaping the Future of Fleet Drivers

by | Oct 19, 2022 | News

Applied Driving Techniques are proud to support drivers become #EVReady with the latest training programs, as electric vehicles become more in demand.

Electric vehicles are on the rise with over 14% of the sales being battery-electric vehicles. By just 2030 in the UK and 2035 for Europe, the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will be banned.

What are the different types of EV’s?

It can be quite easy to get confused between the different types, so here is a quick breakdown of the differences. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV): A Vehicle powered only by an electric battery and no gas engine parts. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV): Very similar to a hybrid vehicle but has a larger battery with an electric motor, gas tank and charging port. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV): A Low-emission vehicle that uses an electric motor to assist gas-powered engines.

What does the demand mean for the Fleet Industry?

Aside from targets to become carbon compliant, fleet managements will have to prepare for the likes of route planning, charging, maintenance, and enhancing driver knowledge. Some of the key benefits include long-term savings in fuel and lower maintenance costs. In an EV you can expect to pay an average of around 11p per mile according to The Eco Experts recent calculations – and some of the latest vehicles run at even cheaper prices. It’s also no secret that the latest fuel crisis has had an impact on everyone, so making the transition can protect your business in the future from the disruption of global markets.

We wanted to find out how the demand for EV’s are currently affecting our partners Novuna, as they explain their plans for the future:


“With only two renewal cycles before electric vehicle adoption becomes mandatory, decarbonising your fleet matters and by acting now, can make a real difference to the ease of switching and the true cost of fleet decarbonisation.


We believe the transition to electric vehicles is not a problem to be tackled, it is an opportunity to be realised.


At our heart, we are an engineering company with an extensive history in innovation (over $100billion spent so far). This innovation is technology based and built around our mantra to ‘Contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products’. Our group commitment to decarbonisation is clear, and as a Principal Partner of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, we have really put our ambition to the fore. As an example, Novuna UK has invested over £24 million in the EV charging business ‘Gridserve’ who are currently rolling out over 100 new Electric Forecourts and have recently acquired the UK’s ‘Ecotricity’ charging network.


We have very clear targets, to be 100% carbon neutral from our own operations by 2030. Our customers are searching for a key supply chain partner, that really is standing up to the challenges of sustainability which Novuna’s credentials are far in advance of our competition.


With experience gained from over one million miles of electric vehicle fleet operation, we began our electric journey quite some time ago. We spent time understanding the challenges faced by our customers and what was plain to see, is that to increase take-up of electric vehicles we needed to not only support the corporate journey, but we also needed to tackle head on the issues faced by our customers employees to enable mass adoption.”


We are proud to be supporting partners like Novuna with their commitment to the ICE phase-out as their EV sales are on course to hit an all-time high this year. Latest reports show that in October 2022, 80% of their order banks were Electric – rising from 70% in May.

Responsibilities & Journey Planning

Taking care of the tyres, brakes and windscreens is essential not only for your drivers but for passengers and other road users. Whilst no oil level checks are involved with an EV, there is the responsibility of keeping the battery and charging cable in good condition. All areas of EV familiarisation, handling, and road safety are covered in our training programs. Aside from keeping on top of maintenance, it is always good practice to be prepared for journeys with any vehicle.
Here are our four top tips we recommend considering if you have an EV before hitting the road:
  1.  Battery Range – Do you have enough charge to get you through the entire journey plus any unexpected delays?
  2.  Charging Points – Plan in advance where you are going to stop along the way if you need to charge your vehicle. There are many apps including the likes of BP Pulse, Ionity, Pod Point, Zap Map, and many more to locate a charging point.
  3.  Time – Consider the availability of charging points if you plan to stop. You might have to wait a while until a point becomes available and wait until your vehicle is charged.
  4.  Always have a backup plan – Be prepared for all eventualities when traveling!

Getting your Drivers #EVReady?

For many, this might feel like a big mission. But with the help of our services, fleet managers can feel at ease knowing their drivers are equipped with the vital knowledge and support to manage their current electrical vehicle, or if they are preparing to make the switch in the future. 

All our training services are available online, virtually, in workshops, or in-vehicle. For more information and support, please email to speak to one of our specialist advisors.

Sources: SMMT, Automat, The Eco Expert, Novuna.

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