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LeasePlan UK has created an online tool that aims to make it easier for van users to work out if an electric van will... Tool aims to help with EV decision

LeasePlan UK has created an online tool that aims to make it easier for van users to work out if an electric van will work for their operation. With eLCV launches offering increased driving range, a variety of load capacities and van chassis options growing, more and more companies are considering a switch to electric power, for at least part of their van fleet.

“Many commercial vehicle drivers we speak to want to make the switch to electric, but still think that eLCVs aren’t for them yet, whether that’s down to compatibility or cost,” said Matthew Dillon, head of commercial vehicles at LeasePlan UK.

“There are so many great benefits to eLCVs, like cheaper running costs, both in fuel and maintenance and exemption from the London Congestion Charge and Low Emission Zone charges. Some areas even offer free parking to electric vehicles.

“It’s therefore essential that we continue to raise awareness of the growing range of plug-in vans and the support that’s available to help van drivers with the switch.”

The LeasePlan tool asks several simple questions, such as the type of LCV that you are looking for, the average daily mileage that you will need to complete, the types of journey that are undertaken and the payload and load volume that your operation requires. It also looks at where the vehicle is parked when not in use and at where you expect to recharge the batteries.

Cost calculator

From those results, the tool will show which eLCVs currently meet your requirements, or indeed whether an electric van is perhaps not yet suitable for your operation. It then works out how much an eLCV would cost to run, given your criteria, in terms of energy pricing and maintenance, on a cost per mile basis.

LeasePlan’s website also provides plenty of background material, such as explaining government financial support, through Plug-in Grants and support for electric charging infrastructure installation.

“With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans around the corner, and new Clean Air Zones in the pipeline along with expansion of London’s ULEZ to the South and North Circular, there’s never been a better time to go electric,” said Dillon.

“Now, with the help of our easy to use tool, drivers can make a measured decision based on their own circumstances.”  

For more on the road to zero, read about Vauxhall’s rise to the top-selling electric van producer.