The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has issued an appeal for data on where kerbside EV charging facilities are needed by fleets.

The call for information is part of the organisation’s project to create a national map displaying street-by-street demand for charging.

It is asking for fleets to provide information on locations of their current and expected demand for kerbside charging, which will be anonymised by the AFP.

The organisation’s chair Paul Hollick said: “By drawing from within the AFP and some other recognised sources, we can collate geographical information on around 160,000 potential and existing drivers to construct the initial draft of the map.

“However, it makes sense to open the process up to all fleet operators who are embarking on the process of electrification and we’d now like to hear from as many organisations as possible, whether they run a dozen vehicles or thousands.

“If you tell us where you need charging, we can share the information with national and local government, as well as charging and electricity providers, to see where kerbside chargers are most urgently needed. This should help to guide future provision.” 

Hollick added that the AFP expected to have the first version of the map ready by the end of Q1, and that the subject had created more interest than any other with which the AFP had been involved ­– with particular relevance for van fleets.

He said: “Every day we are hearing from fleets, especially van fleets, that want to speed up the electrification of their operations but are being hampered by the problem of charging for drivers who do not have off-road parking or any other access to a charger.

“This is generally thought to be about 40% of drivers across all fleets but, when it comes to light commercial vehicles, we believe the figure to be nearer 70%. That means good availability of kerbside charging is essential if van electrification is going to be a success.”

Fleets can register their interest via ­– an AFP member will contact them subsequently.