Is your new van going to be electric?


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The idea of the electric van is becoming increasingly popular. They are also becoming a more viable option for many businesses. One huge advantage to having an electric van is the tax.

If you run an electric van for your business, you will only have to pay 20% of the fixed rate for fuel powered vans. This results in only being required to pay £630 of tax a year, which is why the electric van has become a popular asset for many businesses.

An electric van is great if you want something that is more eco-friendly than a petrol or diesel vehicle, and that will cost very little in company car tax. Although the range of electric vans is presently limited, the industry is expanding and more vehicles are being released, with higher mile range, every year.

Electric Van FAQ

Are electric vehicles more expensive to insure?

Typically there is no difference to a ‘regular’ car – factors that are more likely to affect price are still where the car is kept and the driver’s insurance history etc.

Are electric vehicles better than petrol or diesel? 

From a cost of ownership point of view – the cost of charging a battery from flat to full is a lot cheaper than filling up a typical fuel tank with Petrol / Diesel. And because they don’t emit any CO2 emissions, they are currently exempt from Road tax, and businesses can benefit from a better CO2 footprint etc.

Are electric vans mot exempt?

No, they still have to pass roadworthy tests annually once they are 3 years old

Are electric vans any good?

They are brilliant for customers who require a vehicle for work, but travel shorter distances. For example; when working in and around a city.

Who makes electric vans?

Renault, Nissan, Peugeot, Ford, Citroen, Mercedes. More manufacturers are introducing the concept of electric vehicles into their existing ranges, including VW, who will be releasing a camper-style van in 2020..

How much do electric vans cost?

Prices vary, and it greatly depends on what you are planning on using the vehicle for.

As an example – Nissan makes an electric van called the e-NV200, the base model in this range has an OTR price of £24,033 (+ VAT), but there is a government grant available up to the value of £8,000 that goes towards the cost of the vehicle.

Electric vans with the longest range?

Range is factored by the battery capacity and driving style – the e-NV200 has a brochure stating it has a range of 106 miles before it requires recharging.

Are electric vans safe?

Yes, of course, if they weren’t safe they wouldn’t be on the roads already!

Where are electric vehicle charging stations?

As of right now, there are over 13,000 charge points across the UK, with 332 installed in the last 30 days (info from Zap-Map is a great website for a potential customer to see how many charging points are in their area, and various companies offer services to install charge points at places of work, or home etc.

What does ‘electric vehicle’ mean?

Electric Vehicles (EV) are cars and vans that are fully-powered by an electric battery, without any need for petrol/diesel. They need to be plugged into an electrical outlet in order to recharge.

What electric vehicles qualify for tax credit?

Currently, all fully-electric vehicles receive tax relief. Various ‘Hybrid’ cars that have both battery and fossil-fuel power, still get some tax relief but not as much.  Tax credit is based on CO2 emissions and P11d values.

When did electric vehicles come out?

The first Electric vehicles I believe were registered in 2010. It was in 2014 when there was a surge of sales, registering over 2x as many vehicles compared to 2013. (2512 registrations to 6697 registrations). In 2016 10,264 electric vehicles were registered.

Why are electric vehicles so quiet?

As there isn’t your typical engine inside, a battery makes almost no noise creating the power to move the vehicle.

Why are electric vehicles so expensive?

The batteries required to power the vehicle are expensive technology both to develop and produce. However, with government grants available they are more affordable than you may initially think.

How are electric vehicles charged?

Plugging them into an EV charging point.

How does electric vehicle charging work?

Different size batteries take different times to charge. Some EV’s are available with ‘quick charge batteries’ that can be fully charged faster than a regular battery

How do hybrid electric vehicles work?

Hybrid vehicles use traditional fossil fuel (petrol/diesel) engines, supplemented by battery power.

How does electric vehicle tax credit work?

You’d need to confirm what tax credit you mean.

Are electric vehicle charging stations free? 

This can vary – some are and some aren’t. For example, some car parks have charging points, but you still pay to park for example.

Are electric vehicle recyclable?

Yes, everything including the battery can be recycled. The lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles are difficult to recycle, but it is possible.

Are electric vehicles environmentally friendly?


Are electric vehicles cost-effective?

Depends on how you are going to be using it – if you are planning on driving 300 miles for a delivery journey and back again in the same day, current technology is not quite there yet (for vans). However, for some users they can be incredibly cost-effective.

Are electric vehicles sustainable?

Yes – hence the Government plan to switch to electric only new vehicle sales by the year 2040

Are electric vehicles really green?

They emit no CO2 so they are very ‘green’ in the eco-sense. Of course, they are available in lots of colours, so yours could be green on the outside too!

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