With a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030, more van drivers than ever are switching to electric. We're here to help you make an informed decision and support you once you’re ready to go electric. Here are some of the benefits.
Electricity costs less than the equivalent range in petrol or diesel, and servicing and maintenance costs tend to be cheaper for Electric Vehicles (EVs). This is primarily because there are fewer moving parts.
EVs have a positive effect on the environment by cutting CO2 emissions. There are also financial benefits to driving compliant vehicles in low-emission and clean-air zones.
Electric vans offer a great option for last-mile delivery – something that's been growing significantly recently as home deliveries increase.
Making the transition
What to consider when looking at electric vans
If you're considering switching to an electric van, it's important to do your homework. Research thoroughly to identify which vehicle best suits your needs and make sure you fully understand how it's likely to perform in the real world. Here are the key things to consider:
While the car market offers a variety of electric vehicle types, the majority of vans are fully electric rather than hybrid. When choosing a model, consider your payload and capacity needs, and make sure it offers sufficient range to cover your average daily mileage.
Consider whether you could operate for the whole day on a single charge, or whether you'd need to charge en route. Look at the availability of charging points on your journeys. Our partnership with British Gas means we can offer smart charge points at home throughout the UK and public charging points are increasing rapidly.
EVs are still more expensive in terms of upfront cost. However, it's crucial to look at the whole-life cost (WLC) of an Electric Vehicle compared to a petrol or diesel. When you take into account running costs, road tax, service and maintenance, EVs are more economical than traditional cars over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Cold weather has an impact on EV battery capacity and regenerative braking. This can be compounded by things like heating the cabin (which relies on waste engine heat in petrol and diesel vehicles). Our research shows a clear correlation between the ambient temperature and the performance of electric vans, so it's important to plan for reduced performance in winter.
As with diesel vans, driving style has the greatest impact on the performance of electric vans. Our research shows that, overall, electric vans are at their most efficient when operating at rural (mid) speeds. The repeated stop-start nature of lower speed urban journeys and the higher speeds of motorway journeys have a more significant impact on the vehicle's performance.
This impacts the performance of all vehicles. Our research shows electric and diesel vans typically see a 20% increase in fuel consumption for a 75% payload (compared to a 0% load).
If you'd like to know more, or you need help working out whether electric vans could work for your business, we can help - just get in touch.
Thinking of changing to an electric van? Our experts can guide you through the best options to fit your needs - get in touch to find out more.
*These prices and images are illustrative only, to give you an idea of what’s available. The quotes we show here are all based on an initial payment of 9 monthly advance rentals, followed by 47 monthly payments, and a maximum mileage of 40,000 miles. Prices exclude optional extras, like maintenance, but include delivery to a mainland GB address. Of course you can tailor your contract to suit you, choosing the mileage, duration, initial payment and optional extras you need. So actual costs will vary and all our offers are subject to availability. The best thing to do is contact us for a personalised quote. As you would expect, all our contracts are subject to terms, conditions and status, and Excess Mileage and Fair Wear and Tear charges may apply. If you lease from Arval, you don’t own the vehicle at the end of the contract. Contract is subject to terms, conditions and status. Offer subject to availability. For customers in Northern Ireland: some vehicles may not be available and prices may be subject to change. Duties may be payable if the vehicle is delivered to or collected from a mainland GB address and then taken to Northern Ireland. If you’re considering switching to an electric vehicle from petrol or diesel, it’s important to look at charging costs compared to filling a petrol or diesel tank. To help you with the calculation, look at the UK Government’s current advisory fuel rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a home charging unit?
Yes - we've partnered with British Gas to bring you a great smart home charging offer with hassle-free installation at a suitable premises. Contact us to find out about our pricing.
Is leasing an electric van different to leasing a petrol or diesel van?
There's no fundamental difference between leasing an electric van and a petrol or diesel van apart from the vehicle itself.
What happens if my electric van breaks down?
If you have taken Maintenance Package or Arval Total Care, the AA, our recovery partners, will attend to your van at the roadside and, as with any petrol or diesel van, if it cannot be repaired there and then, they will recover it to an agreed location.
Can you tell me the range / performance of the van?
Each manufacturer publishes official range and performance figures for their vans, so contact them for details.
Will it cost less to run an electric van than a petrol or diesel van?
EVs are still more expensive in terms of the upfront cost. However, it's crucial to look at the whole-life cost (WLC) of an electric vehicle compared to a petrol or diesel. The overall running costs of EVs are generally more economical than traditional cars over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Can an electric van carry as much weight as my diesel van?
Although an electric motor is lighter than a diesel engine, the additional weight of the batteries can sometimes mean that the payload of an electric van is less than a diesel equivalent.
Will an electric van perform as well in the winter as it does in the summer?
Temperature affects the range of all battery-powered vehicles, so an electric van will have a lower range in the winter, compared to the summer.
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