The Rising Popularity of the Electric Van

Electric Van

Whatever your personal thoughts on electric vehicles (EVs) in the courier industry, there’s no denying they’re here to stay. According to the FTA’s 2019 Logistics Report, 71% of operators have plans to start using EVs in their fleets in the coming year. Are you among them?

The Future is Electric

The report, which comes from a poll of more than 500 operators across the UK and beyond also found that:

  • A further 41% planned to introduce plug-in hybrid vehicles
  • 24% planned to use range-extended vans
  • 7% planned on using hydrogen-fuelled vehicles

With numbers like that it’s pretty obvious the majority of us folk in the courier industry are committed to reducing our emissions, and we’re putting our money where our mouths are. But here’s the thing: it’s not cheap to invest in an EV. No news there, but what is good news is that the FTA have gone in to bat for us with the government.   

The FTA Plugs In

We all know that the FTA is not backwards in coming forwards when it comes to holding the powers that be accountable, and they’ve come out in support of the courier industry to gun for more governmental help to make the investment in EVs more affordable.

They’re calling for:

  • Upgrades to the grid infrastructure, including public charging points
  • Support for the driver shortage by making sure non-UK workers are welcomed even after Brexit
  • Incentives for owner drivers/fleet operators to invest in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Good to Know, Good to Go!

It’s great to have the FTA’s support behind us, so even the little guys in the courier industry can start to think about using EVs sooner rather than later. Switching to an EV might seem like a daunting thing financially, especially if you’re an owner-driver with a ‘man and van’ operation, but the good news is it’s getting easier to make the change.

If you need to know more, why not get in touch with someone in the Exchange community who’s already done it and have a chat? Bless their little electric hearts…

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