Businesses and fleets have been the driving force behind EV adoption in the UK with companies accounting for two thirds of current EV registrations. For businesses the benefits of switching to electric vehicles or electric vans are huge and include an estimated 20-30% saving in repair, serving and maintenance costs plus significantly lower fuel overheads and additional Vehicle Excise Duty and Class 1A National Insurance benefits. Government subsidies and grants are also available to help cover the cost of switching to electric for your business.
Electric vans are perfect for businesses as they are cheap to run, reliable and designed with the needs of fleet managers in mind. Manufacturers trusted by businesses in the UK like Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot and Nissan have invested significantly in electric vehicle technology and offer a range of electric vans that cover a wide variety of business needs. With outstanding range and zero emissions, many of these electric vans make perfect business vehicles.
Type of electric vans and commercial vehicles
As more businesses in the UK adopt electric vans and commercial vehicles, major car manufacturers are working hard to keep up with demand, rolling out an impressive selection of dedicated commercial EVs. There is an electric van or vehicle to suit every type of business from small electric vans designed for relatively light loads and city driving to durable large vans with a loading volume of 13m³ and a live load capacity of over 1,000kg.
Fleets and service vehicles for businesses also offer huge choice with electric SUVs, hatchbacks, MPVs and more. There are 100% electric zero emission vehicles as well as plug-in hybrid models available too. Find out more about the different types of EVs available, and which may best suit your requirements in our guide to the different type of EVs on the market. Below are some of the most popular electric vans and commercial vehicles in the UK.
To see a wide selection of EVs designed with businesses and fleets in mind,
visit our car selector tool for business.
Last mile electric vehicles
A growing trend amongst couriers and big retail companies has been the rise of EVs for the “last mile” of delivery journeys. Enhancing energy efficiency is a major plus for companies who spend huge amounts on fuel to deliver parcels and packages, often within big cities.
Small, nimble electric vehicles are ideal for this as they offer fast, reliable service as well an increased fuel efficiency and lower running and maintenance costs. They’re also exempt from most congestion and low emission zone charges. Fleet managers and businesses owners throughout the UK and Europe are turning to EVs for deliveries to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality in busy cities and reduce overheads on delivery routes that often include multiple stops. There are a wide range of EVs and electric vans that are perfect for the last mile section of delivery journeys. You can see our full selection and filter your search by manufacturer, body type and technology using our fleet car selector.
A huge number of businesses, from global retail giants to banks, tech start-ups, service industries and manufacturers are looking at ways to improve their corporate responsibility as the realities of the climate crisis become ever clearer.
One of the biggest pushes in the last few years has been a move from petrol and diesel based vehicles for business to cleaner electric alternatives. EVs are playing a big part in cutting harmful greenhouse gases and lowering carbon emissions. With a growing selection of pure 100% electric vehicles and greater, more affordable access to renewable energy resources, businesses can make a positive impact on the environment by switching to electric vehicles.
At Go Ultra Low we’re committed to helping give businesses and fleet owners all the information they need to help make switching to electric vans and commercial vehicles easy and cost efficient. We’re here to help all UK businesses meet their corporate responsibility to contribute to creating a cleaner, greener future.
Electric vehicle company incentives
There are a number of key incentives to help businesses and fleet owners switch to EVs and these can help save thousands of pounds. The Government provides up to £3,500 off the OTR price of an eligible pure electric car, and up to £8,000 off the price of an eligible electric van as well as offering grants to help towards the installation of charge points within the workplace.
Businesses buying plug-in cars that emit less than 75g/km, or zero emission vans can also benefit from enhanced capital allowances with 100% of the value eligible for writing down in the first year of ownership. This benefit also extends to recharging or refuelling infrastructure for plug-in and hydrogen-powered vehicles.
To find out how much your business could save by switching to an electric vehicle or fleet, try our special company car tax calculator. You can compare different EV and conventional petrol and diesel models to see how much you could be saving on your business tax bill. For more information on the grants and incentives available, visit our guide on the schemes available to help business owners change to electric vehicles.