Big change is coming. Find out how your vehicle fleet will be affected

One thing seems likely in the coming the year: The introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) and charges for commercial vehicles entering large cities. How will this affect your business?

The Government has instructed these cities to introduce Clean Air Zones: Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton. A further 23 local authorities have been named by the Government as likely to reach illegal levels of air pollution by 2021.

If your employees drive into urban areas each day, in company owned diesel vans and they are not the Euro 6 Diesel standard (registered before 1 September 2016) then you could find that you’re having to pay to enter certain areas. Your monthly operating costs could therefore significantly increase.

In London, if your vans do not meet the Euro 6 standard and it’s a weekday, then your company will need to pay a total of £24 Congestion and ULEZ charge per vehicle. In addition, some London boroughs are charging more to park a “dirtier diesel”.

“Fleet Blending”

If you visit the True Van YouTube channel you will see a series of vehicle reviews detailing the potential for significant savings by operating different types of vehicle. Principally, electric vans for mostly urban running and more tax efficient diesel vehicles to replace company cars. We also advocate the latest cleaner, Euro 6.2 diesel vans for drivers travelling longer distances each day. We have termed this more carefully crafted mixture of vehicles as “Fleet Blending”.

At the time of writing the choice of electric van is very limited. The two main electric van offerings are the Renault Kangoo electric and Nissan eNV200. More choice of electric and hybrid vans are expected to become available during 2020. There should be the Ford Transit Custom Hybrid, the LDV EV30 and LEVC LCV vans.

These new offerings are not cheap. The Transit Custom Hybrid will be in excess of £45,000 + VAT. Prices of the LDV EV30 are yet to be confirmed and the LEVC van is expected to be in the region of £50,000. Clearly these vehicle prices will not be justifiable to many operators. More careful analysis of vehicle requirements will therefore be necessary and this is where we can assist as we have a wealth of knowledge running electric vehicles, as well as detailed knowledge of diesel vans.

Vehicle charging

Creating a model of operating electric vehicles will also be necessary for those fleet operators who choose to start “blending their fleet”.

When and how to charge electric vehicles, what charging infrastructure to acquire, costs of operating, what electricity tariffs to adopt, are all key components of a fleet vehicle operating strategy. We have detailed knowledge of likely costs and can assist you in developing this strategy to minimise costs and disruptions to your business.

Overcoming driver resistance

When asked, most drivers would probably say “Most days I need at least 200 miles of range in my vehicle”. But, is that actually accurate? What analysis have you carried out across your entire vehicle fleet, on a day by day basis?

Electric vehicles take too long to charge. Well, to a point, yes. But, when and how they are charged is key. Mapping out your vehicle usage and how best to charge electric vehicles is something we can do for you. For example, charging overnight or whilst the vehicle is not in use. The disruption may be non-existent and the cost savings very significant.

Right now you are probably spending a lot more money running your vehicle fleet than you really need to. We can do a fleet operating review for you. Call 0115 850 0426 or email us to find out more.