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It's a great time to transition to an e-LCV fleet

2 min to readSustainability
We have seen a significant increase in activity around electric vans/light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs) in recent months. This blog examines the two main factors driving the new level of interest and demand, and offers pointers for companies that may be struggling to make the transition in practice.
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2 reasons demand for eLCVs is increasing

During the coronavirus pandemic, businesses with LCVs have played a vital role in maintaining essential services, such as frontline emergency support and deliveries of food and medicines. At the same time, we are seeing interest growing in a new type of LCV: the fully electric light commercial vehicle. I think the reason behind the awakened appetite for e-LCVs is twofold.

Unfounded hesitation

Perhaps surprisingly, however, the huge number of incentives is one reason why some of our existing LCV fleet clients and prospects are hesitant about transitioning from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) powertrains to either full-electric or hybrid LCVs. To help you navigate this maze, we have produced a white paper which provides insightful information about the world of e-LCVs. Within that white paper, we go into a lot of detail about the rebates, subsidies, grants and availability of e-LCVs. Some incentives are offered as a discount at the time of purchase of the vehicle and/or the installation of the charge point, for example, in which case we at LeasePlan help to coordinate this.

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Real-life advantages

Another reason for hesitation among some fleet managers is that they anticipate driver reluctance to e-LCVs. However, in reality that reluctance is often unfounded and is largely driven by fear of the unknown or misconceptions about the availability of vehicle models, charging infrastructure and the real-life advantages of e-LCVs. The benefits include no tailpipe emissions, quick acceleration, almost silent in-cab driving environment, automatic driving mode, and home and workplace charging that means no time wasted at fuel stations.

Added to the above advantages, research shows that drivers of electric vehicles have 16% lower stress levels, so there’s clearly not only sound business and economic reasons to transition your fleet from ICE, but personal and social reasons for doing so too. Within the white paper, we present some feedback from e-LCV drivers, including how almost two thirds of them say that they’d never want to go back to driving an ICE LCV.

How to make the transition

Download the white paper to learn about the real benefits of e-LCVs and how to tackle the potential obstacles on the route to transition. You can also contact us for expert advice and guidance on how leasing e-LCVs can have a positive impact on your fleet operations and overall business efficiency.

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Head of Commercial Vehicles
2 September 2020
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