The electric vehicle (EV) market is the fastest growing segment in the industry and is rising at an exponential rate. 2020 saw an increase in market share of EVs of over 10%, with over 17% of vehicles sold being powered by Hybrid or Electric. 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, physically in stock, for you to choose from, including the Brand New Citroën e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert.
London has seen an 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 as we are just a short drive and tube ride away from the capital. You can get to us via the A3 and A24 roads, as well as London Underground station Morden. With the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in full flow, now is the right time to make the jump to electric. We have a range of automatic electric vans in stock so if you are from London and want to find the perfect electric van, then Loads of Vans will get you on the road in one in no time.
Simply put, an electric van is powered by an electric motor rather than a petrol or diesel combustion engine. The batteries 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 just short of 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 home or your office. This will greatly reduce recharging time to around 8 hours; you can plug your electric van in every evening to charge it overnight so that it has a full battery every morning.
You can even find a rapid charging station while you're out and about if you start to run low which can deliver up to an 80% charge in just 40 minutes. 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.
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:
The biggest obstacles to electric vehicle ownership is range, 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.
In fact, annual new registrations of electric vehicles have risen from 3,500 in 2013 to a massive 171,000 in 2019. Then, despite a reduction of nearly 30% of vehicles registered in 2020, this grew to an impressive 285,000.
It's clear that electric vehicles are growing in popularity as the technology gets more sophisticated, infrastructure increases, and new legislation seeks to reward ultra-low emission drivers. The Congestion Charge was joined in April 2019 by the Ultra Low Emission Zone, more details of which can be found here. The only way to avoid being hit with both charges is to opt for an ultra-low emission vehicle, so 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 had already started developing electric vans several years, so there's now more choice to suit your business then there ever has been. The two leading electric vans on sale in the UK are the Nissan e-NV200 and the Renault Kangoo Z.E., though Peugeot and Citroën have now joined the fray with the e-Electric and e-Dispatch. You can find out more information about these models by clicking on the images below.