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Diesel vs Electric – Which is better for my business?

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The popularity of electric vans is on the rise, so is it time for your business to go electric? Leasewell looks at the advantages and disadvantages of both diesel and electric vans.

Electric vans


More new electric vans are joining the UK market daily, and with the recent introductions of the likes of the Mercedes e-Vito and Volkswagen eTransporter you would expect more to follow suit. However, the UK’s roads host more than four million vans, with only a small percentage of these being electric.

Traditionally diesel vans are equipped with powerful and efficient engines capable of lugging heavy payloads, add to this the relatively low running costs and the ability to refuel them in just minutes and its not difficult to see why they take up the main share of the market. But are electric vans catching up? They offer numerous benefits over electric vans and if you are in the market for a new van and want to keep emissions and running costs down, then you may want to think about an electric van.

Electric van benefits

The most obvious benefit of electric vans is the cost savings when it comes to running them, being significantly cheaper to run than their diesel counterparts, you are also benefiting the environment with zero emissions driving. If you drive your van mainly in cities when you will not cover longer distances, then opting for an electric van may benefit you and save you money in the long run, they are also exempt from the London Congestion Charge and ULEZ zone charge.

Another benefit of choosing an electric van is that you are not required to pay vehicle excise duty (VED). This will save you a host of money in the long run with all new non-electric vans subject to a £140 a year after first year rates.

Charging is an important consideration with electric vans and it will be important to charge the van overnight either at home or a depot, installing a dedicated charging point will ensure your van is fully charged and raring to go at the start of the day.

When would I be better off choosing diesel?


Electric vans will offer cheaper running costs; however, diesel vans tend to be cheaper initially or with cheaper monthly payments than their electric equivalents. There could be thousands of pounds between the cost of a diesel van and its electric equivalent. Diesel may also be better for you if you cover hundreds of miles a day, even with rapid DC charging you will need to stop for half an hour or more to recharge your van.

Diesel vans also tend to offer higher payloads than their electric alternatives, as the lithium-ion batteries increase the weight of electric vans and reduce how much they can carry. Taking the Renault Master as an example, the Master ZE electric van has a payload of 1,100kg, but diesel models can carry more than 1,500kg.

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Whether you are looking at diesel or electric for your new van, Leasewell are here to help! We have a massive range of new vans for sale and cheap van finance options available including van leasing and contract hire. Submit your details online or call us on 01656 337337 to get the ball rolling on a new van today, we also offer cars!

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