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Clean Green Electric machines

Published date: 23 May 2018

When you’re in the market for your next van, why not go green? 

There was a time when choosing a new van was simple and distinctly diesel. But, with the government’s commitment to cut transport emissions by 44 percent by 2030 and vehicle manufactures investing in technology, more and more electric hybrids are appearing on the market. Leading the way to a zero-emission van revolution include the likes of Nissan, Tesla and Renault. Their latest electric inventions not only plan to reduce emissions but running costs for businesses. So, has the time come to trade in a traditional diesel motor for a zero-emission van which runs on pure voltage? Let’s take a look at how going green could benefit your business.

Reduced Running costs

If you need a van to keep your business moving, then the running costs for that vehicle will be a key factor in your monthly outgoings. While the initial upfront purchase price of an electric vehicle can be higher, this is offset by lower running costs over the lifetime of the vehicle. No longer will you be required to pay road tax or for congestion charges; which is great news for those working in London. As electric vehicles are eligible for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, you could see savings of £2,000 a year. What’s more, you’ll see your insurance considerably reduce and running costs start from as little as 2p per mile.

Government Supported

Grants are available that can assist with the initial purchase cost of electric vehicles and towards the cost and installation of charge points in the workplace. One area where electric vans are competitive is on the list price, and that's because the Government's Plug-in Van Grant is bigger than it is for electric cars. You can get a grant that would cover 20% of the cost, up to a maximum of £8,000.

Low maintenance

Unlike a conventional vehicle that has a number of moving parts from the engine, an electric van only has one. Due to this, there are fewer parts to inspect and replace on an annual basis which again is great news for the bank balance.

Quiet and clean

As there’s no CO2 coming out of the exhaust pipe, you can drive around from job to job, safe in the knowledge that you’re not actively contributing to global warming, but ultimately saving the planet. You can also drive around virtually silent, well fairly quieter than a diesel van anyway. And for those who need to work or drive for un-sociable services or hours, you will not be receiving any noise complaints about your van! 


Brand image is important for every business including small and large construction businesses, so what better way than to wow your clientele than by rocking up in an electric van. Through this you’re clearly demonstrating your operations world view and the fact you would like to make a difference in the world.

While the van industry has some way to go before diesel is really under threat from electric vehicles, particularly for long-distance journeys. The early adoption of electric vans for locally-focused businesses could certainly help make the step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly environment.


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