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The rise of electric fleets


The rise of electric fleets

2017 marked a record year for electric vehicles (EV) – it was the best year yet for new registrations and EV’s were in the spotlight more than ever following the news that the government plan to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. With air pollutions levels high throughout the UK, the government has committed to plans to ensure they reduce the level of pollution by 2040. For business owners, a fleet of reliable vehicles is a vital cog in the smooth running on their business. However, electric vehicles have a level of stigma attached – a smaller mileage range, longer time taken to recharge and less charging points than petrol stations. It can seem like a no brainer to keep running with a petrol or diesel fleet.

But you could be wrong – with significant developments in the electric vehicle market, and as plans from the government begin to get rolled out across the country, now could be the perfect time to start your fleet’s transition to electric or hybrid engines. Here, Van Monster, retailers of commercial vans explain:

Success in the EV market

Throughout 2017, the EV market averaged over 4,000 new registrations per month – a significant level of progress compared to the 3,100 new registrations in the whole year of 2013. Progress is expected to continue throughout 2018 with the air pollution implications very much in the spotlight – ignorance and a lack of knowledge is no longer an excuse. The end of 2017 marked approximately 132,000 new electric car registrations and over 5,100 electric vans. This could be attributed to the government’s plans to clean up the UK’s air quality, or because there is now a better choice for van drivers and fleet managers.

Up until recently, fleet managers have had very little choice when it comes to electric vans – however, there is now more choice than ever before. Most big automotive brands who have a recognisable name in the electric vehicle market, have a van counterpart on the market too – Nissan, Renault, Peugeot and Mercedes to name a few.


The EV market have faced several challenges from the moment they entered the market. The number of charging points, the time it takes to charge and the mileage range have always been downfalls for the industry. However, new developments suggest that the market could have finally beaten some of the challenges.

There are rapid charging points available across the UK that guarantee a quicker charging time. A rapid charging point can charge your electric car in around 20 minutes. Thanks to a multimillion pound deal with ChargePoint back in May 2017, InstaVolt are installing at least another 3,000 rapid charging points across fuel station forecourts across the UK. In addition, researchers claim they could have developed an ‘instantly rechargeable’ method that recharges an electric battery in the same time as it would take to fill a gas tank – a solution to the biggest headache of electric vehicles.

Nissan have taken a huge step in improving their vehicle mileage range – their new Nissan Leaf vehicle has launched with double the mileage range compared to previous models – a significant indicator that the same can be for their electric van counterpart.

Will you be charged toxin penalties?

Alongside the UK government’s plans to improve air quality, the government plan on introducing many initiatives to reduce air pollution in some of the most polluted areas in the UK. London and Oxford are amongst cities which are introducing Ultra Low Emission Zones and Zero Emission Zones to improve their air quality. Oxford plan to be the first zero emission city in the world by 2020. Other cities such as Leeds, Southampton and Derby are also amongst the cities who plan to introduce clean air zones in their city centres.

Clean air zones aim to limit the number of vehicles that emit harmful emissions. They will impact a large number of vehicles. Vehicles which don’t abide by the zone’s emission standards will be required to pay a daily access charge to drive in the zone – failure to pay the daily toxin charges can result in a penalty charge being issued to the driver or registered owner of the vehicle. Although, it has not yet been announced what these zones will mean for commercial vehicles right now, in the near future it is likely that the charges will be applied to all vehicles. Introducing electric vans to your fleet in the first stop to avoiding being affected by the toxin charges. An ultra- low emission or zero emission vehicle will be able to drive freely throughout the zones without daily charges.

What do you think? Are you ready to make the transition to electric vans yet?

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