It’s been said that 2014 might just be the year the electric vehicle comes of age, and the entry to the marketplace of Nissan’s ENV-200 van was one of the major reasons for this.
Nissan claims businesses running an ENV-200 would save £2,500 a year on running costs compared to a normal van, with servicing costs falling by £575.
There’s no doubt that, for some types of businesses in certain locations, the electric van has the potential to make sense, particularly with grants of up to £8,000 (or 20% of the vehicle’s total value) available to firms to help buy them.
However, what works for a company delivering fruit to offices around central London might not be appropriate for a builder lugging equipment and tools to and from jobs in rural Yorkshire.
So, for now, the electric van will probably remain a niche, urban concern. But as battery technology progresses, prices come down and the market diversifies, it’s not inconceivable that we’ll see many more van drivers going electric.
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