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Is an Electric Van Right for Your Business?

07 April 2017

The number of electric vehicles on our roads has increased massively over the past few years, growing from just 1,205 at the end of 2011 to around 67,000 in 2016. Electric cars are proving more popular than ever with urban commuters and other drivers especially, from the Peugeot iOn to the Citroën C-Zero and plenty more. For some companies, hybrid models may be best, but for many businesses there are lots of advantages of switching to electric vans.

Improving Technology

The technology behind electric vans has improved greatly over the past decade or so. Performances are better than ever, with many electric vans able to cover over 100 miles before requiring a recharge. This makes them excellent for businesses that only make small trips each day and can rely on one charge to cover all week. There are also more charging points in place than ever before, making it easier to recharge when away from home.

Saving the planet by significantly cutting down on emissions is another main reason for switching to electric vans. Advancements in technology mean many are cleaner than ever, which is ideal for businesses with an eco-conscious aim or ethos.   

Cheaper Running Costs

Electric vans can lower business costs too. A government grant covering up to 20% of the cost of a van can be used towards the purchase, if certain conditions are met. Plus, for businesses in London, there is no Congestion Charge for electric vans either, which can save a lot as well.

Then there’s the (lack of) fuel costs. Charging an electric van to cover 100 miles costs roughly £2 to £3, compared to £10 to £13 of petrol or diesel. They are also exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or road tax, making them far more affordable to own and run for businesses looking to make savings.  

Leisure Uses

For small businesses and those that use their work vehicles for personal purposes as well, many electric vans are ideal for leisure activities too. The New Peugeot Partner Tepee Electric offers a range of 170km and five seats, three of which can be removed to create a flat floor for work use.

Another electric van ideal for personal use as well is the Citroën E-Berlingo Multispace, offering an alternative to its petrol and diesel models. Spacious and practical for family and professional life, it delivers a comfortable and strong electric driving experience.

Positive Image

Finally, driving electric vans such as the Peugeot Partner Electric, can give off a positive image for your business. It will demonstrate that you and the company care about the environment and are willing to make changes to do so. This can be a great marketing tool, especially if your business works in an environmental industry or one that relies on clients and customers with strong eco beliefs.   

If your business is looking to cut costs, improve its environmentally friendly action and look to the future, then an electric van could be the solution.

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