Europcar Mobility Group has announced the addition of 100 LEVC VN5 vans to its rental fleet.

The VN5 is a range-extender EV, with a pure electric range of over 60 miles which can be extended to 304 miles thanks to an onboard petrol engine, used only to charge the battery.

The vans are available for short-term rental from Europcar Vans and Trucks locations across the UK, which the company says will be of particular interest for customers operating in clean air zones.

Managing director Ron Santiago said: “Research conducted in 2021 found that 89% of businesses expect a quarter or more of their fleet to enter a clean air zone more than once a week. Yet there is a clear gap in availability of electric vehicles, as well as cost barriers for outright purchase. There is also concern that electrified vans may not be able to meet the high pressure demands of businesses, with uncertainty about the range they can offer.

“Bringing the VN5 on to the Europcar Vans and Trucks fleet addresses these concerns on several levels. Available as part of our long-term rental solutions, it means businesses have the flexibility to ‘try before they buy’, without having to commit to lease or outright purchase, giving them the chance to really understand how electric will work for them and their drivers. 

“Long-term rental of the VN5 also provides important financial flexibility while the UK economy remains uncertain. Plus, crucially, the VN5 gives customers a compliant solution eliminating the need to factor in additional costs for entering clean air zones.”

LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann said: “I am delighted we have signed this agreement with Europcar, which will enable many businesses to try our innovative new electric van before they buy. And I am confident that they will see VN5 is the ideal green mobility solution, offering zero-emission capability with no range-anxiety.”