The move to electric vehicles by 2035 (or 2032, if you believe the ever increasing suggestions) is not just about cars – combustion engine vans/LCVs/HGVs are also in the firing line for change. Unlike a car, the true use of van is to carry out a commercial purpose; it is essentially a tool of the trade for many SMEs, couriers and large business across the UK.
It therefore raises some key questions about the viability of EVs in the van world – are they affordable? What is their payload?
Will tradespeople have access to charge points? All of these are very relevant questions at the moment. In particular, you may have noticed the Clean Air Zone strategies taking place across the UK and which we discussed in a recent eCarLease UK blog – Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV
The reality is that our urban centres and conurbations rely on vans for some key things; not to mention the sheer volume of traffic servicing the online marketplace i.e. your Amazon packages!
You will also hear about moves to go into “final mile” or “last mile” solutions, whereby electric vehicles (not just cars and vans) will organise the transportation of smaller goods to the inner cities of the UK.
That in itself raised further questions about safety, security and viability. While of this is based on good intentions, if we don’t effectively plan and strategise, this does have the propensity to cause difficulties for many businesses.
This is why 2020, is such a crucial year for many UK businesses.
Do I have to lease a van for 2 years or more?
Contract hire is a long-term usership style product; it is not suitable for those who wish to own a vehicle. For EVs we are finding that there is an ever great appetite for contract-hire/leasing customers are still unsure on the long-term residual value of the vehicles.
A rental/non-ownership style contract is therefore much more appetising. When you ask our team for a quotation you need to supply us with:
- Term – 2, 3 or 4 years;
- Annual mileage – between 5,000 and 50,000 per annuum
- Initial rental – your rental in month 1 can be as little as a “zero-deposit” up to an enhance initial rental; and
- Maintenance – do you wish the vehicle to be maintained by you (driver-maintained) or the finance company (funder-maintained).
The obvious point is that electric vehicles have different requirements, in that a 50,000 mile contract/requirement just isn’t going to be suitable. There is still a limited choice of vans currently and the ones that are available do not yet offer the 300 mile ranges you will have seen in the car-world.
Our main enquiries have been from those businesses who need much lower-mileage requirements and who do not carry heavy goods or tools i.e. chemist, florist and courier. We encourage our customers to also focus on the “whole life costs” too and not just their monthly rental.
For example, a diesel van may be £100 per month cheaper than an electric-alternative but if you take into consideration the fuel, emission and clean air zone charges plus servicing costs, the differences between them soon dissipates.
Can I have a shorter-lease on an electric van?
One our select finance companies, Leaseplan, are now working with us and our limited company customers on an new EV proposition which is particularly exciting.
The “flexi-lease” proposition allows a customer to use a select number of stock electric vans for a 3 month period and which are fitted with a telematics systems so you can understand the effectiveness of the vehicle. There are now two main van choices:
- The LDV 80 LWB – a large van equivalent of a Ford Transit and Vauxhall Movano which can offer a 950KG payload, fully-charging in 7 hours (on a 7kWh charger) and a 120 mile range when fully loaded. From around £35+ Vat per day, this could be a great big electric van option; and
- The Renault Kangoo Maxi iZE 33 Business – a small van option equivalent of the Ford Connect and Vauxhall Combo which will offer a 605KG payload, fully-charging in 7 hours (on a 7kWh charger) and a 75 mile range when fully loaded (in cold weather). From around £20+ Vat per day, this could be an ideal small electric van option.
Just to be clear – these options exclude insurance (you must provide this yourself) and the minimum rental days is 84 and with a maximum mileage of 15,000 per annum. For anyone interested in our shot-term EV proposition, just get in touch with our eCarLease UK team.
Standard equipment for the Nissan E-nv200 Electric 80kW Tekna Van
In terms of the van shown, the Nissan E-nv200 Electric 80kW Tekna Van Auto 40kWh, this is based on the following configuration:
- White Solid Paint
- Cloth – Black
- 15″ alloy wheels
In terms of the vehicle shown, company operators can note the £29,750.00 plus Vat list price. The 40kWh battery delivers 124 miles (WLTP), 109ps and 0-62 times of 14 seconds. Service intervals are set at every 18,000 miles. The battery warranty is 5 years or 62,000 miles.
As standard the vehicle includes Bluetooth, cruise control, rear view camera, electrically adjustable door mirrors, battery cooler and heater, air conditioning, 15” alloys, intelligent key, immobiliser and alarm. In terms of additional options – you can amend the bulkead, rear doors or add the heated front seats.
So are you ready for an electric van leasing option?
More Reading:l Nissan.co.uk