As Head of Commercial Vehicles for the LeasePlan group, I’ve seen over recent months a significant increase in activity around electric light commercial vehicles / vans (e-LCVs).
It’s apparent that during the global Coronavirus pandemic, not only have LCVs played a vital role in maintaining essential services and businesses such as online deliveries / couriers, pharmaceutical and front-line emergency support, but the need to reduce the operating costs of these business-critical vehicles has also awakened a real appetite for zero emission LCVs.
This is where e-LCVs come under the spotlight and it’s very noticeable just how many of our existing LCV fleet clients and prospects are reaching out to us - to enquire about the feasibility of them transitioning from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) powertrains to either full electric or hybrid for their LCV fleets.
As a leading LCV lease provider, it behoves us to offer expert advice and guidance to our clients. Often the transition from ICE to e-LCV can seem somewhat scary for LCV fleet operators and fleet managers. In many instances, they’re venturing into unchartered territory - and there’s a fear that getting it wrong could have significant negative impacts on their fleet operations and overall business efficiency. With around 5,000 e-LCVs on our fleet, we believe that we’re well placed to provide the advice and expertise that is needed by our clients to help them on their ICE to e-LCV journey.