March 17, 2022 at 5:58 PM
1) The evolution of electric
In the past electric vans have been disregarded due to the limited range between charges, and the time taken to fully charge the battery. Which made purchasing a diesel van feels like a no-brainer due to its time efficiency.
However, battery capacities are now much larger, and motors are more powerful. Many vehicles now have software and other systems to inform a driver when and where to charge their van for a fully optimised journey. All these evolved features add up to improved efficiency and a wider target audience for electric vans.
2) Reduced running costs
With no fuel costs or engine servicing, the costs of running an electric van are significantly lower than a diesel one. They can be up to 80% cheaper to run, reducing costs within your business and ensuring you make a return on investment in the years to come.
There are fewer moving parts within an electric van which lowers maintenance costs, and due to regenerative braking (an energy recovery mechanism that slows down a moving vehicle or object by converting its kinetic energy into a form that can be either used immediately or stored until needed), they also save on wear to the brake pads.
However, the biggest savings are from taxation and other charges, VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or road tax is £0 for an electric van. They are also exempt from congestion charges in London, and some places even offer free parking to those who use an electric van
3) Environmental factors
Electric vans produce no CO2 or NOx emissions, which makes them the cleanest vehicle to drive and the least impactful on the planet.
With the lack of harmful emissions, they allow you to travel into cities without having to pay ULEZ charges. Vans with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) up to and including 3.5 tonnes incur a daily cost of £12.50. Anything larger - such as lorries and buses - will cost £100 per day. Investing in an electric van not only saves the planet but also pounds in your pocket!
4) Preparing for the future
The Prime Minister has announced that by 2030 the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK. This means electric vans will become mandatory. Purchasing an electric van sooner ensures you are ahead of the current laws and understand electricity better than anyone else.
5) Improved business image
Within highly saturated markets having that competitive edge is essential. Many businesses are now looking to be as sustainable as possible, which includes their efforts and the people they choose to outsource. Being a low carbon producing business, or even carbon-neutral adds value to your services, and makes people feel good about investing in your business.
We understand the initial thought of changing from diesel to electric may overwhelm some business owners due to unfamiliarity. Many struggles to justify the price of electricity as the up-front cost is higher than diesel. However, the Government Plug-In Van Grant can take up to 15% off the price of the van (up to £5000). Here at Mylbrook we also offer the full range of finance options to help you fund your electric van.
Overall, with the reduction in running costs, a decrease in moving parts and fewer carbon emissions, electric vans can massively reduce your running costs and will be a significant benefit to your business. If you would like to discuss electric vans please contact us, so we may answer any questions that you may have.
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