Why your next van should be electric

In this blog we will explore why despite the recent government announcement to push the deadline for 100% of vehicle sales to be electric to 2035, choosing an electric van is a great decision for your business now and how you can make use of the A3 EV Grant to help you get on the road. We will look at how you can take advantage of the many benefits of electric vehicles, why it's easier than ever to make the switch and power your business into a sustainable future.

Economic to run

Electric vans offer significant savings compared to traditional diesel vans.

Switching to an electric van can greatly reduce your maintenance expenses. Electric vans have fewer moving parts, translating to lower maintenance and repair costs. Without the need for oil changes, transmission repairs, or exhaust system replacements, your expenses for regular servicing and repairs will be significantly reduced.

With the rising cost of fuel, you can expect to save a substantial amount on fuel costs over the lifetime of your electric van.

And electric vans have a longer lifespan. Electric vehicle batteries are designed to last for many years, and some manufacturers offer warranties of up to 8 years. So, you can expect your electric van to be on the road for a longer period, reducing the need for frequent vehicle replacements.

In addition, electric vans also face no vehicle excise duty or road tax for the foreseeable future and are exempt of the congestion charge until 2025.

Reliable and efficient

One of the key advantages of choosing an electric van for your business is the increased reliability and efficiency it offers.

Electric vans have fewer moving parts compared to traditional combustion engine vans, which means there are fewer components that can wear out or break down. Electric vans have a simpler drivetrain system, which contributes to their overall reliability. With fewer mechanical parts to worry about, the risk of mechanical failures is significantly reduced. This means less downtime for your business and more time on the road, serving your customers.

Furthermore, electric motors convert a higher percentage of energy from the battery to power the vehicle, resulting in greater efficiency compared to internal combustion engines. This means that electric vans can go further on a single charge, allowing you to cover more miles without the need for frequent recharging.

Better for us and the planet

By switching to an electric van, you can not only save money but also contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment by reducing air and noise pollution.

By upgrading to an EV, you can significantly lower your carbon footprint. Electric vans produce zero tailpipe emissions, which means they do not release harmful pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, or carbon dioxide into the air. By reducing air pollution, you are not only improving the quality of the air we breathe but also helping to combat climate change.

And unlike traditional combustion engine vans, electric vans operate quietly, creating a more peaceful and pleasant environment for drivers, passengers, other road users and pedestrians.

Better for your brand image

The brand image of your business plays a crucial role in shaping customer perception.

By choosing an electric van for your business, you not only demonstrate your commitment to sustainability but also enhance your brand image. Electric vehicles are seen as symbols of innovation, progress, and environmental responsibility, which can greatly improve how customers perceive your business.

In today's world, customers are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of the businesses they engage with and more businesses are looking to see their suppliers reduce their emissions. By making the switch to an electric van, you show that you are actively taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a greener future.

Make the most of financial incentives

Everyone will have heard the UK government announcement in the last few weeks has 'pushed back' on their original commitment to ban the sale of new diesels and petrol cars and vans from 2030 to 2035 in favour of electric (EV) or hybrid vehicles. Yet interestingly the Department of Transport have confirmed that the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandates will remain. Meaning manufacturers will need to ensure the ratio of electric van sales stays within the guidelines to ensure they don't attract hefty fines. They will need to sell electric vans in volume, and perhaps more importantly, lower the number of diesels sold. And this is where it becomes interesting for you - this requirement for manufacturers to ensure a large percentage of their sales is electric will potentially lead to a competitive price appearing over the next few weeks. And with up to £10,000 A3 EV Grant support available for A3 van drivers towards a new electric van, it's almost too good to miss! And if you are eligible for a scrappage scheme the A3 EV grant can work in conjunction with it. And don't forget it's also compatible with the plug-in grant. All in all it could be up to £25,000 off the cost of a new electric van!

So, apply for your A3 EV grant now and switch to an EV!

  • Reviewed: 10 Nov 2023

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