The Benefits Of Having An Electric Van

Following Boris Johnson’s recent conference on the net zero strategy to introduce a zero-emission vehicle mandate, car manufacturers will steadily increase sales of zero emission vehicles towards the 2030 target of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. So, it could be time to think about the benefits of having an electric vehicle on your fleet. With the additional rising pressure of your company being more environmentally friendly, it’s definitely worth a look into the benefits of going electric:

Arguably, one of the most important benefits is the lower running costs. At this point, it’s a well-known fact that electric vehicles are cheaper to run; not only is the cost per mile for electricity lower than diesel alternatives but the maintenance is also considerably cheaper! In electric vehicles, there are fewer moving parts, and they are less harsh on the brakes meaning that you won’t be having to get things repaired as often as your standard vehicle.

The most obvious point would be the fact it is more environmentally friendly. Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, so it improves the air quality by reducing harmful Co2 and NOx emissions. It is also a major image booster for your company; as there is an increasing need to be greener, if your company is seen to have an environmental conscience, it will make your business more favourable and attractive to customers who support this cause.

Another benefit is the fact it is silent and relaxing to drive. There have been studies that have found that drivers reported they were calmer and much less stressed in an electric vehicle. This could be due to the electric vehicle’s silent nature, allowing drivers to be in a more concentrated state of mind.

There are incentives and for driving electric cars, but did you know that there are various schemes to encourage electric vehicles for commercial use too? As it stands, the current vans and trucks eligible are:

Small vans eligible for grantLarge vans eligible for grantTrucks eligible for grant
Citroën e-Berlingo Maxus eDeliver 3 (short wheelbase variants) Nissan e-NV200 Nissan Voltia Peugeot e-Partner Renault Kangoo ZE Renault Zoe Van Vauxhall Combo-e  BD Auto eTraffic BD Auto eDucato (3.5 tonnes) Citroën e-Dispatch Fiat e-Ducato LEVC VN5 MAN eTGE Maxus eDeliver 3  Maxus eDeliver 9 Mercedes-Benz eVito Mercedes eSprinter Peugeot e-Expert Renault Master ZE (3.1 and 3.5 tonnes) Renault Trucks Master ZE Toyota Proace Electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter LDV EV80  BD Auto eDucato (4.25 tonnes) Fiat e-Ducato (N2) FUSO eCanter Maxus eDeliver 9 (N2) Paneltex Z75  
The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £3,000.The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £6,000.You can get a grant that covers 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £16,000. This grant is available for the first 250 orders placed. Grants at the £16,000 rate are limited to 10 per customer. After the 250-order limit is reached, a maximum grant rate of £6,000 will apply.
You can also receive a grant for a vehicle charger – up to £350.00 (inc VAT) off the cost of installing a charger at home through the Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme.

All our vans are converted individually so that we can meet your requirements. Whether the van is brand new, or second-hand or you perhaps need to upgrade the unit you have used for many years, then we can help you.

If you need extra load space, we can also ensure the build allows this.

All the products we use are suited for the environment of use; we do not compromise at any point.

We will also source and fit all types of refrigeration units to suit the size and operation of the vehicle and your needs.

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Either call us on 01323 379609email us or fill in our contact form and someone will contact you directly.

ULEZ, LEZ, CAZ and ZEZ – What are they and how do they affect your business?

The government have made their agenda very clear that they are wanting to improve the air quality in our cities. We are all facing increasing pressure to make sure our vehicles are green and even if this is something you feel isn’t affecting your business right now, now is the time to start thinking about it, especially with the ULEZ expansion.

But let’s start off by defining ULEZ, LEZ and CAZ and locating where these zones are.


Ultra Low Emission Zone: it currently exists in the same area as the congestion zone in London but as of October 25th it is expanding from central London to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road. If your vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standards then you can either look at upgrading to a second-hand vehicle which you can get converted with us at Rex or you can look at going electric, electric vehicles emit no NOx or CO2 from the tailpipe.


Low Emission Zone: If your vehicle does not meet LEZ emissions standards you can retrofit your vehicle or you can invest in reduction technology such as: selective catalytic reduction, converting a vehicle to electric power and replacement Euro VI engines. There is a misconception that installing a filter will allow you to meet LEZ standards but doing this does not guarantee that you’ll meet these standards at all. The LEZ covers most of Greater London. Several places are now introducing LEZ in their cities, including London, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.


Clean Air Zone: CAZ has been introduced across England so we can all breathe healthier and cleaner air. This zone could be applied to a single street or an area of a city. Vehicles that don’t comply with the emissions standard are found by using number plate cameras. There are CAZ in bath and Birmingham, with Portsmouth joining at the end of November.


Zero Emission Zone: in this zone vehicles are subject to restrictions on exhaust emissions beyond those in ULEZ and LEZ. ZEZs will help improve air quality while encouraging people to walk, cycle, use public transport or switch to zero-emission vehicles. The first zone will pilot in February 2022.

So how do you know if you are compliant and where can you find the European emission standard in your vehicle? You can find out if you are compliant by searching your registration on the government website and it will also show any charges applicable; if you want to find your European emission standard for your vehicle you can do so by either looking in your logbook or contacting your vehicle manufacturer.

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If you want to make an enquiry about temperature-controlled van conversions, we can explain the next steps to enable the success and compliance for your vehicles.

Either call us on 01323 379609email us or fill in our contact form and someone will contact you directly.


Charlie Brock

Brighton & Newhaven Fish Sales

Darren and the team have been doing our van conversions and repair work for a number of years now.

They understand our industry moves quickly and always ensure that our needs are satisfied whatever the time or day.

Long may that continue and we look forward to working with Rex for future builds and repairs

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