Last year, the government announced plans to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars from 2040 amid concerns of poor air quality and its significant risk to public health.
With a greater move towards green energy, how will the logistics industry be affected? Almost half (48%) of UK businesses have admitted that they’re confused by the ban and concerned about the consequences it could have on their finances.
We take a closer look at some of the changes that businesses may encounter following the diesel ban.
Increase in Outgoing Costs
One of the main concerns for businesses is the financial aspect of the ban. They’ll have to account for new expenses, which may be a whole new fleet of electric vehicles. For those with a huge fleet across the UK, this could be particularly problematic, as well as costly.
For those who choose to keep their petrol/diesel vehicles, they could face increased taxes and charges thanks to new emission standards, which is another cost that would have to be factored into a business’s overheads.
Reliance on New Tech
Having a fleet of electric delivery vehicles is a step into the unknown for many business owners so it’s understandable that it’s a cause for concern.
There are new factors they must take into account, like new safety standards they’ll have to familiarise themselves with. Plus, they’ll be concerned about one of their vehicles running out of charge mid-journey, what to do if they can’t locate a charging point and what expenses may be incurred for charging an electric truck.
Not to mention, the time that may be spent charging and the frequency. With charging times ranging from 2.5 hours all the way up to 13 hours for a domestic electric car, a large truck is likely to take much longer to charge. Businesses must take this extra time into account when estimating how long a product will take to deliver.
In addition, businesses are concerned that it may be difficult to find a trained mechanic to fix their electric vehicle as, at the moment, this is considered a niche specialism.
So, What Next?
Despite the government’s commitment to a ban on polluting vehicles, manufacturers of commercial trucks believe that diesel engines will be with us for many years. The government are yet to submit detailed plans for this transition so the logistics industry still has plenty of time to prepare for what the future might bring for their fleets. So for the time being, it’s business as usual if you have a pallet delivery or courier service planned for your fleet of trucks.