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 grant
|Large vans eligible for grant
|Trucks 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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