Switching to electric is a big decision for any business, so our priority is to help you understand the full picture – not only our vans’ capabilities but also the wider infrastructure, the total cost of ownership and the suitability of electric vans for your business right now.
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When it comes to your business, you need to know that you’re making the right choices for efficiency, costs and customer satisfaction. Here’s how going electric can help.
Electric vehicles are better for the environment, because they don’t produce any CO2 or NOx emissions.
Electricity costs less than diesel fuels, making electric vans far cheaper to run per mile.
Electric vans have fewer moving parts than traditional vehicles, and they’re also not as hard on their brakes, making them cheaper and easier to maintain.
With automatic transmission and quiet engines, electric vans offer a different kind of driving experience with instant acceleration and no gearshifts, making it feel more effortless.
The batteries of electric vans are generally stored in the underbody of the vehicle, so there’s nothing taking up space inside.
The government is helping subsidise the transition to electric with financial benefits that help towards both the purchase price and operating costs including road tax and congestion charges.
Currently, most electric vans are ideal for businesses who operate in cities, typically transport light loads or make ‘last mile’ deliveries, and have the ability to charge their vans overnight. However, many larger fleet operators and customers such as Travelodge and FootAsylum are now introducing electric vans as a percentage of their fleet, to cover local routes and transfer employees from place to place. As infrastructures improve and technology develops, it is likely that almost every business will have electric vans making up some part of their fleet.
The answer is yes but you will need to install multiple charging points. The latest technology can make the charging process simpler, for example you can monitor the battery charge status, range and completion of charging of each one of your electric vehicles on your mobile or tablet using the Remote eCharging function of Mercedes PRO connect, which comes free for 2 years when you purchase a Mercedes-Benz electric van.
On a dedicated electric charge point, which you can have installed at work or home through a specialist provider, it will take about 4 hours. And at a public charge point, using a DC rapid charger, you can get an 80% charge in 30-40 minutes. At home, on a normal 3-pin plug, it will take around 8 hours to fully charge your electric van.
Electric batteries can be charged with two kinds of power – alternating current (AC), and direct current (DC). AC power comes from the national grid and is the most common charging method for electric vehicles of all sizes. However, an AC charge needs to be converted into DC charge before the battery can store the power, so it needs to go through a converter inside the vehicle first. DC chargers, on the other hand, are more powerful and provide a much faster, more constant charge.
Public charging points are suitable for electric vans and are a useful way of topping up when you’re out on the move. Our electric vans come with free Mercedes PRO connect software that enables you to locate the most convenient charging stations on your route, optimising your battery range.
Although electric vans are more expensive to buy than conventional vans, the total lifetime cost is lower, for several reasons.
It’s cheaper to charge a vehicle with electricity than it is to fill it with fuel.
As well as being less prone to general wear and tear, electric vans have fewer working parts than conventional vehicles – so there’s less to maintain overall.
The government Plug-in van grant provides a discount of up to 20% of the cost of your new electric van up to £8,000 – and you also won’t pay for road tax. Business owners can reclaim 75% of the cost of installing up to 20 charging points (up to a maximum of £500 per socket) through the Government’s Workplace Charging Scheme.
As the government looks to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, they’re endorsing and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, making electric vans exempt from congestion charges across the country. For the London congestion charge, this currently means a saving of £11.50 per day, per vehicle for fully electric vans.
If you decide that you want to give electric a go, eReady Finance from Mercedes-Benz has a range of options specially created for electric vans. We can provide flexible leases that can help you make sure it is right for you by offering short term agreements.
For more information, speak to a member of the team today.