Nexus Vehicle Rental has launched a new dedicated electric vehicle (EV) online rental platform as part of its revamped IRIS V5 rental management system.

The upgrade is for business use and is aimed at all commercial vehicles, including HGVs.

The move comes after news last week that the ban on petrol and diesel vehicles will be brought forward by five years to 2035.

The platform aims to enable businesses to meet the rising demand for alternative, cleaner mobility solutions.

In addition to the dedicated EV rental dashboard, IRIS users can expect a revised look and feel to the technology.

David Brennan, chief executive at Nexus Vehicle Rental, said: “It is a big decision for businesses to switch to EVs and sensible phasing in is needed. The dedicated platform eases the process by assisting our clients to gradually trial and transition to EVs by avoiding large upfront expenditure. EV adoption will take time and the scale of available vehicles will now start to grow.

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“We are constantly looking to develop our services with new and innovative software and IRIS is our flagship product that facilitates this. We know our clients will appreciate the new look and feel of the platform and this should help to streamline rental management further, ultimately driving cost savings through innovation.”

To complement the platform launch, Nexus has also created a dedicated EV guide – the latest in its Glovebox Guide series – to highlight the benefits of operating EVs within fleets, while offering practical advice to drivers.