Jon Lawes, Managing Director, Novuna Vehicle Solutions:
Businesses face unprecedented uncertainty going into 2022, heightened by both COVID and supply chain challenges. However, at Novuna Vehicle Solutions we’re focussing on supporting our customers to manage their vehicle lifecycles and drive down costs.
Flexibility is key in the prevailing market conditions, particularly around renewals. In the year ahead we will continue to work with our customers on a case by case basis to extend contracts, where long lead times impend replacement vehicles.
We expect to see the high demand for new cars and commercial vehicles continue to outstrip supply in 2022, with the semiconductor shortage showing no immediate sign of easing.
Whilst the shortfall in public charging continues to be a significant barrier to mass adoption of EVs, we’re confident our BEV fleet vehicle orders will continue to grow, thanks to our end-to-end electrification journey. However vehicle orders is only the first step; it’s up to us as providers to solve the challenges of workplace, depot or home-based charging solutions, working together to implement the charging infrastructure they need.
The time to act is now and to act decisively with carbon-reduction initiatives, ensuring a future-proof fleet for 2030 and beyond. Our customers need creative EV-switch tools, robust cost analysis, driver support/education and practical EV acceleration initiatives in 2022.