A recent analysis by Bridgestone on connected vehicle data showed that 61% of business cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in Europe could be replaced by electric models. Also, more than one-third of car and LCV fleets could be operated using only EVs. These are some of the key findings of new research from Webfleet Solutions, Europe’s leading telematics solution provider.

The research looked into fleet data from around 100,000 connected business cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) across Europe. By analyzing anonymized and aggregated driving data from this large selection of vehicles over a 12 month period, it’s possible to make an accurate estimate of how many commercial vehicles of this type could be switched with an electric model, how these figures break down per region and what the environmental impact of this kind of mass fleet electrification could be.

The recommendations made in this analysis are based on daily driving distance. We concluded that if a vehicle drove less than 300km per day on 98% of the days in the 12 month period, those trips could have been taken by an EV and so this vehicle could potentially be replaced with an electric model.

The 300km maximum daily driving distance was chosen to reflect the average range value of the most common electric car and LCV models at this moment. The recommendations do not take into account other potential factors such as availability of charging infrastructure, the impact of outside temperature, or the size of payloads.

The research showed that 61% of business cars and vans in Europe could be replaced with EVs and 82% of fleets could replace at least one of their vehicles with an EV.

The sector we classify as ‘professional services’ includes such activities as service and maintenance, repair services, and field services. The passenger transport fleets included in the research are made up only of cars and LCVs, and so exclude buses and coaches.

See the research results here.