If you run a local-based business you should think about an electric van. The government Plug-In grant will pay 20% of the purchase cost up to £8,000 and you could save up to £2000 a year in fuel and maintenance. You can also put the costs against your business profits and claim back the 20% VAT on the purchase price. Most of your customers will approve of your company’s efforts to reduce pollution too. And with diesel being vilified in the press you could be future-proofing your business transport bills against any hikes in VED or duty on diesel.
Your range will be limited to around 100 miles per charge but if you have a local circle of deliveries and access to Rapid Chargers that will top-up the batteries to 80% in 30 minutes an electric van could work for you. And you can lease an EV van for as little as £210 per month, which compares favourably with other diesel choices. Nissan, Renault, Peugeot and Citroen all make very credible electric van choices and many London companies with local delivery orbits are making the switch. Talk to your accountant about the tax benefits because the Benefit in Kind rates for EV vans are lower too. Here are the electric vans we’d recommend:
Huge load space, great to drive, five seater option, 106 mile range, Rapid Charging facility, 770kg payload, 76mph top speed. From £16,842
Great small van, smooth driving dynamics, five doors, 120-mile range, 81 mph top speed, 650kg payload. From £13,651 + £60 monthly battery lease.
Drives better than the normal version but expensive. Sliding side door, 105-mile range, 80 mph top speed, Rapid Charging facility, 636kg payload. From £21,300.
Nice driver, good standard spec, but pricey. 106-mile range, 70mph top speed, Rapid Charging, 636kg payload, air con standard. From £21,700.