There are electric versions of most sizes of light
commercial vehicles from small city vehicles up to large
4.6tonne long wheelbase, high roof panel vans. On the
same chassis as the vans we can offer versions such as
minibuses and pick-ups too.
For specialist applications there are
also 7.5tonne trucks available!
Most vans have an unchanged load space from the
petrol/diesel versions (the batteries are fitted under
the floor) and usually have a maximum payload only
slightly less than the conventional version. A maximum
range of around 80-120 miles per charge makes them ideal
for local deliveries for all but the heaviest loads
(such as sandwich deliveries, florists and couriers),
regular service routes and municipal operations.
With no clutch or gears they are simple to drive and
surprisingly quick off the line if necessary thanks to
the high torque of the electric motor! Fine control over
vehicle speed and hill descents is possible just using
the accelerator pedal and the 'regenerative braking'
function without using the footbrake most of the time!
This makes the vehicles very efficient in the energy
that they use, whilst being less fatiguing to drive,
particularly in intensive urban driving.
Smaller vans (under 1,000kg payload) are now available
from the well-known manufacturers such as Renault, Ford,
soon to be joined by Peugeot and Citroën. Larger
models are offered as aftermarket conversions on factory
vehicles from experienced vehicle converters.
With zero road tax, exemption from Congestion Charge
and not requiring an operator license, further enhances
the financial appeal of the low running cost. When you
factor in the ability to write down 100% of the purchase
cost in the first year as an Enhanced Capital Allowance
the sums can really add up!
You should aim for a vehicle which meets your daily
needs without extra daytime charging most of the time
since it is best to take energy overnight when there is
low demand on the national grid, unless you have your
own renewable energy generation such as a wind turbine
or solar panel. But an hour's daytime charging (e.g. at
lunchtime) can put pack in a useful amount of range to
extend the daily range. Regular higher mileage drivers
should consider an alternative fuel combustion engined
vehicle: contact us.
We can tailor a vehicle to suit your requirements
considering your patterns of usage, payload, operating
conditions, opportunities to recharge and other specific
conditions to your business. We can consult on fleets to
identify roles which can successfully be replaced or
supplemented by an EV commercial and plan the
introduction of the vehicle, any necessary charging
stations (at one or multiple sites) and provide driver
training to reassure your staff and get the best from
them and the vehicle.
We can advise on sourcing renewable energy to recharge
your vehicle(s) or, if you want a complete package, work
with our partners to install solar, wind and other
technologies to generate all of the
energy that your fleet will need, currently with very
attractive financial incentives via the Feed-In Tariff.