Electric Vans: The future of logistics?

One of our focuses this month is on electric vans and their future effects on short distance logistics.

Here, we compare the Volkswagen E-Crafter, the Nissan E-NV200 and the Ursus Van and their milage, maximum load, charge time, cost and top speed.

Alongside this, we also go over the advantages and pitfalls of electric vans so that you can logically consider if this would be a good step in the right direction for your supply chain and logistics operations!

  • Distance Travelled on a Single Charge: 248 Miles
  • Maximum Payload: 1,750 Kilograms
  • Charge Time: 45 Minutes
  • Top Speed: 56 Miles Per Hour
  • Cost: ~ £35,000+
  • Distance Travelled on a Single Charge: 179 Miles
  • Maximum Payload: 430 Kilograms
  • Charge Time: 30 Minutes
  • Top Speed: 76 Miles Per Hour
  • Cost: ~ £24,000+
  • Distance Travelled on a Single Charge: 95 Miles
  • Maximum Payload: 1,100+ Kilograms
  • Charge Time: 15 Minutes
  • Top Speed: 62 Miles Per Hour
  • Cost: ~ TBA
  1. Quick Charge Times – Get up and running in under 60 minutes.
  2. Reduced Running Costs – Electric Vans can save you up to 60% on your current fuel bill.
  3. Reduced Maintenance – There are fewer moving parts which can save up to 40% on maintenance costs.
  4. Increased Efficiency – Eco Modes often allow for cutbacks on energy usage coupled with regenerative braking, increasing mileage by up to 10%.
  5. Eco-Friendliness – Electric Vans produce no CO2 or NOx emissions.
  6. Buying Incentives – Grants plus reduced tax burdens available for business and private use.
  7. Other Incentives – Free charging, free parking and even exemptions for congestion charges.
  8. Silent Running – Good for the driver and enables for unsocial hours services.
  9. Easy-Going Performance – Instant torque and runs automatic making them easier to drive.
  10. Image – Electric vans give you a competitive brand advantage in today’s market.
8 Things You Need to Know Before Going Electric
  • Range Anxiety

You have to stop move often (an for longer) and they’re impractical for long-distance use

  • Charging Time

DC rapid chargers can give you an 80% charge in 40 minutes; a regular 3-pin plug will likely need at least eight hours to completely fill the batteries.

  • Charging Convenience

They’re not as convenient as a filling fuel station (yet)

  • Purchase Cost

Though cheaper to run, the buy price is higher than diesel vans.

  • Weight

E-mobility Tech is heavy and some cannot be driven on a regular license.

  • Range Variance

Keep in mind the load, driving efficiency and that they aren’t built to withstand cold temperatures.

  • Batteries Lose Performance Over Time

Most battery packs are covered by extended warranties of up to eight years.

  • Residual Values

Electric Vans depreciate faster than their diesel counterparts.

If you need help on deciding whether electric vans are optimal for your supply chain, please contact us.

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Electric Vans: The future of logistics?

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