Price, size, range and capacity are still barriers to uptake, according to operator responses.
The Government’s decision to cut the plug-in grant is a “retrograde” step and could delay fleet electrification, according to Harris Maxus.
The Government has been criticised for cutting the plug-in van and truck grants just as commercial operators begin deploying electric vehicles (EVs).
The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is promising electric-only range of 58 miles from its new VN5 plug-in hybrid van, which goes on sale in November.
The Chancellor says he will maintain the fuel duty freeze, spend billions on roads and incentivise low-emission transport.
The Government has been accused of ignoring the freight industry, with no mention of HGVs in its ‘Future of Mobility Urban Strategy’ report.
The Government is committing an additional £4 million to the plug-in van grant scheme extending the eligibility to larger electric vehicles.