Six reasons to choose an electric van

Electric van chargingA year down the line and the German automotive giant Volkswagen is still reeling from ‘dieselgate’. The emissions scandal has already cost VW billions and seriously dented the company’s share price. At the same time the public are becoming increasingly aware of the downside of diesel and more motorists are turning towards electric vehicles. Electric cars are fast becoming commonplace, but what are the arguments for and against electric vans?

Help to save the planet Diesel exhaust emissions are a notorious source of greenhouse gasses that cause global warming. Besides contributing to climate change; diesel fumes also contain particulates which are widely thought to be carcinogenic. Electric vans do not produce any tailpipe emissions; thereby helping the environment at a global level and improving health at a local level.

Stand out from the crowd Businesses go a long way to make the right impression and you’ll certainly make an impact if you arrive at a client’s in an electric van. Switching to electric says a lot about your business ethos and your customers will take notice.

Access to government grants In a bid to increase the uptake of plug-in vehicles the government offers a number of grants. Anyone buying a new approved electric van can get 20% off the purchase price up to a maximum of £8,000.

More choice than ever before The future of motoring is undoubtedly electric and a growing number of manufacturers are entering the marketplace. Today’s electric vans come in all shapes and sizes with popular models being produced by household names including: Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Renault.

Better for your bottom line The cost of buying an electric van has come down significantly in recent years and today purchase prices are comparable with diesel vans. However, when it comes to lifetime running costs; electric vehicles are significantly cheaper. Firstly: electric vans aren’t required to pay Vehicle Excise Duty (otherwise known as Road Tax) as they produce zero emissions. Secondly: it costs £2-3 to fully charge an electric van with a range of roughly 100 miles compared with £10-13 worth of diesel to cover the same distance. Finally: anyone living in the capital can cash-in on the fact that electric vehicles are exempt from the city centre Congestion Charge. There’s also some evidence to suggest that electric vehicles may be cheaper to insure in the future. Van insurance premium s are calculated to reflect risk and logic dictates that electric van driver owners are ‘likely’ to be more careful drivers; although there currently isn’t enough data.

Charging keeps getting easier A recent report by Nissan predicts that electric vehicle charging points will outnumber petrol stations by summer 2020. The electric vehicle experts have mapped the declining number of petrol stations against the growing number of charging points and concluded there will be more charging points by the end of the decade; perhaps sooner if the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates.

Great… where do I sign-up? With advances in technology electric vehicles are undoubtedly becoming more attractive. However, restricted driving range between charging means electric vans are better suited to city centre life than trudging up and down the country’s motorways. Get the right van for the right job and it could pay dividends.


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