UK small businesses charge towards van fleet electrification

A quarter (24%) of UK small businesses expect van fleets to be fully electric within a decade with business efficiency the key driver, according to a survey by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Nissan, which includes the fully electric e-NV200 (pictured) within its van range, said a third of fleet operators in a survey of more than 500 claimed business efficiency was their main motivation when adopting new technologies, followed by cost saving (17%).

Nissan said that sales of the e-NV200 had increased by 200% in 2019 as small business leaders looked to increase fleet efficiency and reduce costs, amid changing emissions legislation and April’s introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone in London. Furthermore, the manufacturer claimed that running costs for the-NV200 were from 2p per mile.

Paolo D’Ettore, director LCV Business Unit Nissan Europe, said “The success of e-NV200 truly demonstrates that we have the right product at the right time. The acceleration of fleet electrification – especially in city centres – is a challenge for our customers, so we recognise the need to work with them and provide the optimal ecosystem to support a smooth transition to electric vehicles.

“Thanks to its intelligent design and zero-emissions powertrain, the Nissan e-NV200 is the perfect tool to help businesses maximise their operational success and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

With particularly high demand from last-mile delivery businesses the 40kW e-NV200 has posted record sales across Europe, with more than 10,000 orders since its introduction in February 2018. The e-NV200 was the best-selling zero-emissions LCV in 10 markets across Europe last year – including the UK.

Meanwhile, Renault, which includes zero emission versions of the Kangoo and Master in its light commercial vehicle line-up, said that 100% of its vans would be electrified by 2022. The French marque is the European leader of electric van sales with a 46.2% market share.

Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business, said: “These results show that the electrification of fleets is increasingly on the minds of our customers – not just for the financial efficiencies that electric vehicles can deliver, but because environmental sustainability is clearly crucial to the future of their businesses. I’m impressed at how optimistic these fleet managers are about the speed in which their vehicles will be fully electrified.”

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