Range – electric vans such as Citroën Berlingo Electric and the Peugeot Partner Electric can do 106 miles on a single charge. There are also over 16,000 charging points throughout the UK and websites such as ZapMap to locate them.
Weight restrictions – possibly the biggest issue. As electric engines weigh significantly more than diesel engines, the payload on electric vans in often lower. Given this key issue, the government brought forward the proposal to increase weigh limits to 4,250kg for alternatively-fuelled vans only. This closed in October 2017 and the results will be announced soon.
Furthermore, some companies have resolved the weight issues by conducting studies into who and what is in each van, moving people into electric vans where possible.
At presents no one would argue 100% electric fleet is feasible, however replacing a number of small to medium weight vans, particularly on inner-city contracts such as Leeds and London would drastically reduce our emissions, support our Fit for Future strategy and deliver significant cost savings.
Anneka Gill, Bid Manager