Should your business switch and hire Electric Vans
The van leasing market is changing. Innovation and development in infrastructure and competitive pricing are making electric vans the next big step in the industry.
Thanks to government legislation, automotive brands are making electric vehicles more popular, with desirable models and increased mile range being released.
New rapid electric charge points are constantly being built across the UK, making it easier to recharge than ever before. Many charge points exist on business premises, as well as a government grant to subsidise installing charging points at our own homes. While the infrastructure is growing, it isn’t growing fast enough, which could mean charging points are stretched thin.
The UK Government’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution plans to prohibit the sale of new diesel or petrol vehicles by 2030. Hybrid cars will still be sold, but vehicles must be able to be charged by electricity. Considering this, it isn’t surprising that we expect to see a rise in electric vans and electric van hire.
Having access to rapid charge points is a crucial consideration. Did you know that it is significantly cheaper to charge a vehicle on private overnight tariffs than it is to charge on public daytime chargers? Installing your own points cuts costs while making fuelling your car feasible and generally easier. You don’t have to rely on private tariffs or detouring to a charge point when out and about.
Where is the demand coming from?
It seems that companies across the UK are shifting to electric vehicles. While the uptake is slow, it is still gradually increasing. Some global corporations such as Amazon and UPS are even opting for electric vans for their fleets over vehicles running on traditional fuel.
So, should you make the switch to electric? Yes, you most definitely should.
While many of us are still unaware of the costs surrounding electric vans when compared to a diesel, the majority of the time, electric vans are more cost-efficient and subsequently offer more value for money. However, sometimes, the costs can range depending on your circumstances of operating an electric van.
Electric vans will be the future; however, elements such as the cost of electric, your driving style, whether you have a private charging point installed, and your average miles driven must be considered too. For example, while it may cost more to lease an electric van, the cost of charging it will be cheaper than the equivalent amount in petrol or diesel. Find out more about the various costs and payoffs of electric vans.
The technology in electric vans is improving at a rapid rate, so much so that we expect to see electric van leasing to be more cost-efficient than it is now before the end of this year. This should encourage more businesses to make the change to an electric fleet in 2022. If you’re unsure but still want to make the change from traditional fuel, consider hybrid vans so you can still cut down on fossil fuel emissions.
Which electric vans are available?
Van leasing deals are available for the newest range of electric vans which have increased mile range and better efficiency. There are many options available depending on what you need, including:
- Renault Kangoo ZE – ideal for those looking for small van lease. The Kangoo ZE is great value for money with more than 100-mile range when fully charged.
- Vauxhall Vivaro-E – a medium van that is able to hold 1,000kg with a 200-mile range when fully charged.
- Mercedes eSprinter – while large van leases have less option than smaller sizes, the eSprinter is a competitive and efficient electric van that function in optimum performance with heavy weight.
While we will be abandoning petrol and diesel cars by 2030, are enough of us willing to make that change beforehand? Weigh up the pros and cons of an electric van fleet before making the switch.