70% of van fleet drivers would prefer to drive an electric version of their favoured van rather than a petrol or diesel version, according to new research by Churchill Expert.

The company, Direct Line Group’s specialist fleet insurance provider, said the finding showed there was significant appetite for electric vans, with just 15% of van drivers preferring petrol or diesel models.

Head of Churchill Expert flexible fleet partnerships Nicola Richmond said: “Internal combustion engine vans continue to make up the majority of fleets, but attitudes towards electric vans are rapidly changing. 

“New BEV van registrations are showing strong growth, as supply chain issues start to improve and the choice of electric vans coming to market improves. 

“With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles fast approaching, it is encouraging to see a growing appetite for electric amongst van fleet drivers. Electrification is not an overnight process but the industry moving in the right direction.”