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 POINTS OF VIEW
 WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ELECTRIC VANS?
There is a wide range of electric LCVs on the market now, but for widespread take up from operators to happen will require campaigns to raise awareness of the benefits and government support, says LeasePlan UK’s Matt Dillon.
 L ast year was a record year for electric vehicles (EVs) and a record year
for home deliveries
too. What comes next? Ideally, the electric van boom.
Until recently, electric LCVs (e-LCVs) were considered somewhat of a fantasy. Batteries weren’t powerful enough and were too big and cumbersome to allow for proper cargo transportation.
But manufacturers have cracked
those problems in the past few years. Advancements in battery technology have made e-LCVs just as viable as electric cars and, as such, there’s
a growing number of models available. Then there’s the financial incentives: earlier this year Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax on zero emission, fully electric vans, making e-LCVs more affordable than ever for
those businesses who allow private use of vans.
Then why, with a greater choice of vehicles and cost savings available, are they still not on a parallel trajectory with EVs? Some experts would even argue that they’re four to five years behind.
What’s more, the need for greener vans has never been greater. We live in an age of increasing home deliveries, where consumers want products now,
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