The race for electric propulsion is unstoppable.
A clear signal comes from one of the automotive industry’s historic “indicators”: company fleets. The share of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in company fleets is doubling year on year, considering both rentals and direct purchases by companies. In 2020 there were 23,300 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in Italian fleets. In 2021 there will be 50,500, more than double that number. We are still talking about a small share of the total number of company cars (which account for almost 60 per cent of all registrations in Italy): it was 10 per cent in 2020, becoming 19 per cent in 2021. But it is an even more significant share since, compared to the total number of hybrid or electric vehicles registered in Italy, fleets are worth about 37 per cent.
The trend seems to be set: electric vehicles are a destiny for sustainable mobility, at least for those which, due to conditions of use and the presence of infrastructure, can easily recharge their batteries and thus benefit economically and environmentally from the use of an electric vehicle. As indeed, fleets often do. Hilti Group has just chosen 400 Toyota Corolla TS Hybrids and more than 80 Rav4 Hybrids, all equipped with full hybrid technology, to renew its sales force’s car fleet. The Japanese company has even created the “Hilti red” colour for this supply, which is important in terms of numbers and even more so in the message it sends out to the entire automotive sector.