Few industries in the world are struggling so hard to reduce their carbon footprint as the construction industry.

According to the UK Green Construction Board, 40% of the UK’s carbon footprint comes from the built environment – and therefore it should come as no surprise that industry leaders are looking for new ways to help them with their plight. The question is, what is the most valid option to reduce emissions in construction without significantly affecting efficiency and quality?

Leading with other industries; Could construction companies reduce their environmental impact by switching to a greener fleet?

Here we go into the topic …

Innovation and development in infrastructure and competitive prices make electric vans the next big step for many industries. Thanks to government legislation, automobile brands are making electric vehicles more popular, with more desirable models and longer range coming onto the market.

Infrastructure

New fast charging stations are constantly being built across the UK making charging easier than ever. As the infrastructure grows, it doesn’t grow fast enough, which could cause the charging points to become thin.

The UK government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution is to ban the sale of new diesel or gasoline vehicles by 2030. Hybrid cars will continue to be sold, but vehicles must be able to be charged with electricity. With this in mind, it is not surprising that we expect an increase in electric vans and rental of electric vans.

Access to fast charging points is a critical factor. For example, it is significantly cheaper to charge a vehicle at private nightly rates than using public daytime chargers. The installation of your own points on construction sites saves costs and makes refueling your van feasible and easier overall. You don’t have to rely on a detour to a charging station while on the move.

Where is the demand coming from?

It appears that companies across the UK are making the switch to electric vehicles. While the uptake is slow, it is still gradually increasing. Some global corporations like Amazon and UPS are even choosing electric vans for their fleets over vehicles that run on conventional fuel.

So should you switch to electric?

While many of us are not yet aware of the cost of electric vans compared to diesel, in most cases electric vans are more cost-effective and therefore offer better value for money. However, sometimes costs can vary depending on your circumstances when operating an electric van.

Electric vans will be the future; However, elements such as the cost of electricity, your driving style, whether you have installed a private charging station and your average kilometers traveled must also be taken into account. For example, while leasing an electric van may cost more, the cost of charging it is cheaper than the equivalent amount in gasoline or diesel. Learn more about the different costs and amortization of electric vans.

Electric van technology is improving rapidly, so we expect electric van leasing will be more cost effective this year than it is now. This should encourage more companies to switch to an electric fleet in 2022. If you’re unsure but still want to switch from traditional fuel, consider hybrid vans so you can keep reducing fossil fuel emissions.

Which electric transporters are there?

Van leasing deals are available on the latest line of electric vans that offer greater range and greater efficiency. There are many options available to you depending on your needs, including:

  • Renault Kangoo ZE – ideal for those who want to rent a small van. The Kangoo ZE is great value for money with a range of more than 100 miles when fully charged.
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-E – a mid-size van that can carry 1,000 kg with a range of 200 miles when fully loaded.
  • Mercedes eSprinter – While large van leasing contracts have fewer options than smaller ones, the eSprinter is a competitive and efficient electric van that works with optimal performance at a high weight.

While we will be phasing out gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, are enough of us ready to change that in advance? Before making the switch, weigh the pros and cons of having an electric van fleet.

So there you have it – a sensible solution to lower your construction emissions.