The Nissan e-NV200 all-electric van is being promoted, along with other makes, as being the way for fleet operators to go if they want to make substantial savings.
New research has shown that commercial vehicle operators are missing out on a share of more than £2.6 billion potential fuel savings, accessible by opting for an ultra-low emission van.
The research from Go Ultra Low – the national campaign for ultra low emission vehicles – that compares the cost of operating a diesel-powered van, found that nearly half (1.8 million) of the 3.7 million vans on UK roads, could ‘tap-in’ to the typical £1,459 per vehicle annual savings on the cost of fuel.
Millions of operators run small and medium-sized vans as back-to-base or short-haul vehicles, a duty-cycle that Go Ultra Low argues is ‘perfectly suited’ to pure-electric vans, e.g. the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. and plug-in hybrids like the Mitsubishi Outlander 4Work.
Businesses operating ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) can significantly reduce annual fleet management costs. The savings are immediate with a government grant of up to £8,000 towards the purchase price and 100% of the vehicle’s value applicable to write off as a capital allowance. With typical CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km, all ULEVs are exempt from road tax.
Other advantages being promoted are a national network of free recharging points and no congestion charges in London.
“ULEVs make so much sense for operators large and small, particularly when you consider the massive fuel savings on offer and the opportunity to write-off the cost of the vehicle,” explained Hetal Shah, Head of the Go Ultra Low campaign. “Add to the mix lower maintenance fees and tax rates, plus the potential for reduced whole-life running costs, and they really do make a compelling option.”