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.

Contact Us

If you want to make an enquiry about a temperature-controlled van conversion, then please get in touch.

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.

ULEZ

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.

LEZ

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.

CAZ

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.

ZEZ

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.

 Contact Us

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.

Our Company’s Values

Rex is the fastest growing temperature-controlled vehicle conversion company in the Southeast. Here at Rex, passion is at the heart of our company; we are continuously moving forward, innovating, and improving. We always act with courage and leadership: we challenge the status quo whilst finding new ways of growing the business and shape a better future.

All our conversions are done with customers in mind. We work closely with them to build safe, stylish, and durable solutions to carry their goods whether they are chilled, frozen, or ambient. We will produce a solution that becomes an asset to our customers business, using our expert in house team and highly skilled fabricators.

Our commitment to our customers drives us to deliver unprecedented customer service, ensuring quality in all our conversations and becoming supplier of choice within the UK.

Get In Touch today

If you would like to chat further, then please get in touch. We can answer all your questions, including ‘Can you convert a refrigerated van retrospectively?’ as well as ‘What extras would you need for a successful business?’. We are based in the southeast but work with businesses all over the UK. Either fill in our contact form, call us on 01323 379609. Or you can send us an email and we can contact you directly.

Temperature Controlled Electric Vans

At Rex we are keeping a close eye within the electric van industry. It’s clear to us that temperature controlled electric vans will soon be a more regular sight on UK roads. The government is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030. That means in the next decade we’ll see a strong uptake in the number of electric vans that are around.

Electric vans are now available in a wide range of sizes and models. More and more manufacturers are starting to produce them. Including Mercedes, Vauxhall, Renault, Nissan, and Peugeot to name just a few. There are also electric vans from a range of other large manufacturers in the pipeline.

Whilst our processes will remain the same, we’re already working and planning, to make sure that we can produce high-quality conversions for temperature controlled electric vans.

We currently work with all sizes of business – from sole traders to companies with large fleets. Nothing is too much trouble and our workshops have been designed to deal with fleet conversions of any size.

Temperature-controlled electric vans
Temperature Controlled Electric Vans

Looking for a Temperature Controlled Electric Van?

We’d be happy to help any businesses who are looking for a temperature controlled or refrigerated electric van. Due to the limited advancements in battery technology, you may need to think about the mileage you will need the van to cover. Current electric van models still only have a limited range. Therefore, we would suggest that only businesses who require limited use of a temperature controlled electric van should consider buying one. But this is changing all the time and we are very excited to see new models being brought out all the time.

Whatever industry you’re in, Rex has over 75 years of combined experience in the temperature-controlled vehicles industry. We’ve worked in a large range of industries including butchers, fishmongers, pharmaceutical companies and even art dealers.

With our experience, we understand that each business has different requirements for it’s temperature-controlled van. Rex can work with you to create the perfect van with bespoke fixtures and fittings such as non-slip floors, bespoke shelving, data recorders, and much more.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you with temperature controlled electric van conversions; get in touch with us on 01323 379 609, or email info@matthewf201.sg-host.com.

Can you convert a refrigerated van retrospectively?

The question many customers who get in touch with us ask is “Can you convert a refrigerated van retrospectively?” They may already own their vehicle or fleet of vehicles. So they could be looking to use what they already own; but want to upgrade their business and start delivering, using a temperature controlled vehicle. And the answer we give them is always a “YES!”

We may be supplied the vehicles brand new to convert. However we also work with many second hand vehicles; where someone is just starting out and has bought a van, or perhaps a few vans, that they need to convert. The options are endless and we have the knowledge to give you the best possible outcome for your business.

There isn’t anything we don’t know about temperature controlled van conversions. Whether you want to supply your product in an ambient form, chilled or even frozen, we can chat with you and advise as to what system you need and what extra fixtures and fittings we can supply, to ensure you have everything in your vehicles that you need.

Different Industries

Every industry is different as well. If you are an art dealer, you may be wanting racking to keep your artwork secure whilst in transit. Art has to be kept at a certain temperature to avoid damage and we work with many galleries who require temperature controlled transport for their collections.

Or perhaps you deliver pharmaceuticals or hazardous materials. It is imperative that you ensure your products are both kept to the correct temperature but also extremely secure whilst being transported.

Caterers also require different temperatures for food transportation, as well as safe storage for travel. As do fishmongers and also butchers.

Every type of industry is different and we always love a challenge – so just tell us what you need and we will do everything we can to help you with your refrigerated vehicle. From lighting to flooring, to colour co-ordinating and also for reversing cameras or parking sensors and much more. Take a look at what fixtures and fittings you can have in your bespoke van conversion.

Get in touch today

If you would like to chat further, then please get in touch. We can answer all your questions, including Can you convert a refrigerated van retrospectively as well as what extras would you need for a successful business. We are based in the south east but work with businesses all over the UK. Either fill in our contact form, call us on 01323 379609. Or you can send us an email and we can contact you directly.

Mercedes Vans Looking at Steep Growth in EV Sales

We all know that electric is the way to go. With the Electric car market growing year on year, it is now the turn of vans. But this has all been a little slower due to the weight and size of vans and the challenges faced with charging them.

However Mercedes Benz Vans have announced in an interview with Van User Magazine that they are planning to rapidly grow their EV market share. “Our aspiration is for 10% of our sales this year to be EVs” said Andrew Lawson, Sales Director at Mercedes Benz vans. “Overall, we aim to sell 36,000 vehicles in 2021, including more than 3,500 EVs. Three quarters of that number will be eSprinter and one quarter e-Vito”

The Government is pushing for the end of petrol and diesel sales by 2030 and Mercedes are totally on board with this; looking at many different options on how to sell to the EV market. All Mercedes dealers now have an EV specialist on site. And Mercedes Benz Vans is working with New Motion, for charging hardware and efficient charging solutions.

Mercedes Benz as well as its dealers have remained on call throughout lockdowns, ensuring businesses could keep going for deliveries and logistics. New van sales dropped by 20% in 2020, which was expected. However, the Mercedes Sprinter was the best selling vehicle in April – which was a great achievement, even outselling the passenger car sector.

The eVito went into production in 2020 with a new longer range version due later this year. They will also be unveiling a new Citan later in 2021 with the launch in 2022, including an EV version. This is expected to make a big impact in the compact van market.

Mercedes are consistently developing new products under the PRO Connect banner, that will come as standard for the first two years of owning an electric van. Including the ability to precondition vehicles whilst connected to a charging point and setting internal temperatures through an App on your phone. As well as this Managers will be able to see how much charge will be available on each van. They have also partnered with Geotab and Webfleet for a full range of management and telematic solutions.

Range is a constant issue with the Ev van market. But we are confident this is being consistently improved upon. Mercedes have announced that by 2023 they will be able to provide a higher mileage range. “E-Grocery is the biggest chassis cab market. We are aiming at 2023 with a higher mileage range and by 2023 we will also see a selection of electric-powered fridges” says James Riddington: Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Manager for Mercedes.

How we can help

Rex Limited are very excited about all the progress that has been made in the EV van market. We are getting many enquiries now for refrigerated electric van conversions, so are keen to see what the big players in the van sector are launching. If you have any questions about the range, mileage or anything else regarding electric vans then please get in touch with us.

Watch this space…

Workshop Manager

Job Vacancy

Company Description

REX is a growing temperature-controlled vehicle conversion company based in East Sussex. With over 75 years combined experience and knowledge building refrigerated transport, commercial vehicles, and trailers.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and thrive on opportunities to design, develop, insulate, and install temperature-controlled units to specialised vehicles. As well as this, we are developing and expanding the specialist work we do. Not only within the transport/commercial sector but within the composite industry.

With our innovative forward thinking and creative abilities and skills, Rex Ltd is recognised as a company that is flexible to the needs of its customers.

Job Description

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Workshop/Fabrication Manager to join our team.

The Workshop/Fabrication Manager is responsible for all activities within the workshop. Reporting to the Director, you will ensure all works are carried out accurately and efficiently to the highest standards, without compromising on quality and safety in the production of vehicle conversions.

Some of the skills involved as a Fabrication/Workshop Manager you will need to.

  • Manage the workshop, team and support the director in the continued expansion of Rex Ltd
  • Ensure the effective and safe day to day operation of the workshop.
  • Liaise with the director to plan, assign, and review the work of workshop employees and delegate where required.
  • Carryout quality assurance checks to ensure that all completed works leaving Rex Ltd leave on time and without error.
  • Liaise with the Director to ensure drawings/job cards are available for workshop operatives to carry out their assigned tasks and notify them of any errors.
  • Manage and ensure all works are compliant and line with Rex Ltd accreditations.
  • Manage ensure and maintain a safe working environment, driving a positive attitude when it comes to Health & Safety, including being Covid-19-secure.
  • Ensure all items within workshop manufactured to the highest standards, including all panels, grp/laminating, fixtures and fittings and any finishes.
  • Liaise with the director to ensure all machinery and equipment is properly maintained, tested, and documented in line with legislation and company policies.
  • Manage the team to ensure and maintain the workshop building is kept to a good standard and liaise when required with others to organise the necessary materials and repairs of equipment when required.
  • Manage the receiving and storing of materials in accordance with Rex Ltd’s polices.
  • Ensure all relevant documentation is completed once vehicles are complete.
  • Work on a production line including cutting, measuring, drilling materials etc
  • Welding, bolting chassis and panels to vehicles.
  • Ability to communicate with team, customers, and suppliers.
  • Working on various vehicles in the production process
  • Working on various projects in the vehicle modification process.
  • Honest reliable and hardworking
  • General GRP/Laminating work

Essential Requirements

  • Workshop management/managerial experience
  • Strong organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Previous van panelling experience
  • Previous experience working on refrigerated vans
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of issues with a proactive can-do attitude.
  • Ability to bring fresh ideas to the company supporting the continued growth and expansion of Rex Limited
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Willingness to learn and keep up to date with products and technical information.
  • Thrives in a busy developing environment.
  • Attend new equipment and product training – fully paid for by Rex Limited
  • Full valid UK driving licence due to the location and manoeuvring vehicles.

Salary

Competitive Salary depending on experience

Hours of Work

8am – 5pm Monday – Friday

Weekend work and overtime available

Personal Benefits

  • Pension scheme
  • 28 days annual holiday pay
  • Company mobile phone
  • Bonus Scheme on productivity
  • Introduction of new staff bonus
  • Referral commission on work received.

Please Email your CV and application to Rex Limited

Happy 1st Birthday to Rex!

Well it has been quite a year for everyone at Rex Limited! Not only have we started the new business converting vehicles to refrigerated vehicles. But we also chose the toughest year to do it – the year of the pandemic!

But it hasn’t stopped us – not one little bit! We have all the relevant PPE equipment and have been working to all the required standards. This has meant we have been able to keep going through the whole year, taking on project after project.

We have bought new equipment to make our processes more efficient and we are having enormous successes, moving the business forwards!

Our Rex Birthday Party

So today, for our first birthday, we are celebrating with a socially distanced piece of birthday cake and bubbles! That’s how we roll…

Here’s to year 2!

Now Is The Time To Be Delivering!

If ever you have thought about dipping your toe in the water when it comes to making deliveries, then now is definitely the time. Many of the businesses we are working with, from butchers, to fishmongers, to caterers or other wholesalers; many have now moved over to assisting their customers by safely delivering to their door.

This offers a higher level of customer service. But it is also keeping some businesses afloat in these worrying times.

How would you like your van fitted out?

Our temperature controlled van conversions can extend the capabilities of your business. You can deliver your products to your customers in a safe and timely way. Keeping the produce in either a frozen, chilled, ambient or hot format, depending on what it is.

So how do you need your new fridge van fitted out for your business? You can chat through all options with us when you get in touch – racks, rails, shelves, flooring, our fixtures and fittings will be totally bespoke to your needs.

ULEZ

Whether you have an existing vehicle that you would like to convert, or perhaps have just bought a brand new van; we can help with both options. For businesses who deliver in London, there is also the ULEZ standard that need to be met. And this is extending later this year so is becoming more and more important.

Get in touch

Rex Limited are the freshest face in the refrigerated van conversion business. Although we have a combined experience of over 70 years, we are a relatively new company. But the level of customer service, knowledge and expertise we can offer, is excellent. #kingofconversions!!

If you are considering diversifying your business and offering delivery to your customers then please get in touch. We work all over the UK, but mainly in the south east. Please either fill in our contact form, call us on 01323 379609 or please send us an email and we can contact your directly.

Testimonial

Roger Sharratt

Director, Chefspantry Ltd

We would just like to say how impressed we are at Chefspantry with the brilliant service and speed in taking delivery of our 5 refrigerated vans, all 5 vans are beyond our expectations, the finish and detail is great.

Thanks again for getting the vans back to us so quickly, a pleasure doing business with Rex.

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