A well-known leasing and fleet management company, Venson Automotive Solutions, says that operators can save thousands of pounds by switching to small electric vans if possible for stop-start urban delivery work.
It contends that the higher upfront cost and rental rate and lower residual value of an electric van compared with a diesel is offset over four years/60,000 miles by huge savings in servicing and repair expenditure and fuel bills. Its calculations indicate that a small electric van costs 17 per cent less to run than a small diesel.
Running costs of big electric vans aren’t as competitive as their diesel equivalents, it concedes; unless you happen to be making deliveries into central London. If that’s the case then the costs are on a par because electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion tax.