Lower fuel costs, zero tax and no congestion charge
The electric vehicle (EV) market is the fastest growing segment in the industry. The number of electric vans on the roads is expected to rapidly increase as the sale of diesel vehicles continues to fall and new legislation penalising traditionally-fuelled vehicles comes into force. Here at Loads of Vans we have a wide selection of electric vans for you to choose from, including the Nissan E-NV200.
London has seen a rapid increase in electric vans due to their efficiency, not only in terms of eco-friendliness, but also their practicality. At Loads of Vans we cater for our customers commuting to and from London. We are just a short drive from the capital via the A3 and A24 and a tube journey to London Underground station, Morden.
With the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in full force, now is the time to make the transition. We have a range of manual and automatic electric vans in stock, so if you’re travelling from London and want to find the perfect electric van, then Loads of Vans will get you on the road in no time.
What is an electric van?
Simply put, an electric van is powered by an electric motor rather than a petrol or diesel combustion engine. The batteries within the vehicle store energy, which is used to power the motor and turn the wheels. Just like any other electrical device, it needs to be charged when the battery is running low.
The charging time for an electric van varies depending on how much charge is left in the battery and what type of charger you're using. You can use a domestic 13-amp three-pin plug - the same one you use to charge your phone - but this will take almost 24 hours to get a full charge from empty.
Alternatively, the recommended method is to use a 32-amp 'wallbox' charging station which can be installed at your home or office. This will greatly reduce recharging time to around eight hours; you can plug your electric van in each evening to charge it overnight so that it has a full battery every morning.
There are rapid charging stations in towns and cities around the country while you're out and about, which can deliver up to an 80% charge in just 40 minutes if you start to run low. The charging infrastructure throughout the UK is growing every month with charging organisations pledging to input thousands more charge points in the next ten years.
What are the benefits of owning an electric van?
Electric van ownership is largely suited to businesses that travel around 150 miles or less every day, so you can complete all your journeys on a single charge. You will benefit from:
- Lower fuel costs compared to diesel or petrol vans
- No road tax or V.E.D. (Vehicle Excise Duty)
- A range of tax incentives for business users including Benefit-in-Kind (BIK), salary sacrifice regimes and capital allowances
- 100% discount on London's Congestion Charge
- Free or reduced-charge parking in some London boroughs
- Exemption from 'Electric Street' fines
- Freedom to travel in the new Ultra Low Emission Zone
- An Automatic gearbox so that all members of the team will be able to drive it
Is now the right time to buy an electric van?
The biggest obstacle to electric vehicle ownership is the range of miles per charge, followed by the charging locations available and amount of time it takes to recharge the battery. The UK government has committed millions of pounds into the research and development of electric battery technology to overcome this problem and increase the number of people switching to electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are growing in popularity as the technology becomes more sophisticated and new legislation seeks to reward ultra-low emission drivers. The Congestion Charge is now joined by the Ultra Low Emission Zone which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The only way to avoid being hit with both charges is to opt for an ultra-low emission vehicle - meaning a vehicle that emits less than 75kg of CO2.
If you consistently drive into London, or only need to drive around 100 miles a day or less, then it seems like a no brainer to make the switch to an electric van for your business.
What electric vans are available?
Several manufacturers have already started developing electric vans including the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroën Berlingo electric. The two leading electric vans on sale in the UK are the Nissan e-NV200 and the Renault Kangoo Z.E.