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“Dramatic shift” to electrified vans planned

“Dramatic shift” to electrified vans planned

Tuesday, 13 October, 2020

A “dramatic shift” to electric power will soon be underway for UK businesses that operate vans, according to authoritative research from the Arval Mobility Observatory.

When asked, half of respondents (50%) said that they were already operating hybrids or planned to do so within the next three years. And for plug-in hybrids – of which a number of manufactures recently released new models – almost half (48%) either already had them or planned to do so in the same time-frame.

For battery electric vans, 43% of respondents reported already operating them or planning to do so within the next three years.

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “Even more so than their car counterparts, van fleets wanting to adopt low or zero emission vehicles have been hampered by both a lack of models and limited supply. This can be seen in the wide gap between the current adoption rate and that to which they aspire.

“But this situation is changing rapidly, so with a much wider range of electric and plug-in hybrid vans arriving on the market, we expect to see a dramatic shift. In some respects, these new vans are arguably less popular than electric and hybrid cars because their ranges tend to be limited and are also affected by the weight of the payload carried – but there is undeniably a high level of interest from fleets, as our research very firmly indicates.”

Arval Mobility Observatory also asked why companies want to adopt low and zero emission vans and the responses are very varied, showing many different priorities.

The top three responses had the environment, finance and image in mind, where 43% said that they wanted to limit carbon emissions and air pollution, 39% to reduce fuel expenses and 37% wanted to improve their company image. At the bottom end of the table, only 18% wanted to make the switch to fulfil employee requests for vehicles.

Commenting on company image and vehicle choice, Shaun said : “Even more so than with cars, vans are both business tools and mobile billboards for their operators, so maintaining access to cities adopting stricter air quality measures and being seen to operate more environmentally friendly vehicles have definite benefits for fleets that make the switch.”

To download a full copy of the Arval Mobility Observatory Fleet Barometer 2020, visit www.arval.co.uk/amo-insight.


Which van alternative fuel technologies do you already operate or plan to adopt in the next three years?

  Already plus planned
Hybrid 50%
Plug-in hybrid 48%
Electric 43%

The percentages below cover those companies with LCVs which have either already implemented alternative fuel technology, or plan to do so within the next three years.


Why have you already implemented or why do you consider implementing alternative fuel technologies?

Limit carbon emissions and air pollution 43%
To reduce fuel expenses 39%
Improve company image 37%
Anticipate future restrictive public policies 35%
To be able to drive in emissions controlled zones 33%
To be compliant with our CSR policy 32%
For tax incentives 30%
Reduce maintenance costs 29%
To cap whole life costs 22%
To fulfil employee requests 18%


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