UK businesses “ready for EV tipping point”, says Volkswagen report

  • More than two-thirds (67%) of UK van drivers say an EV would suit their business.
  • 52% of van drivers believe it’s more cost effective to run than a petrol or diesel van.
  • Almost one-third (29%) of respondents cite the ULEZ expansion as the reason why they’re ready to make the switch.

Survey reveals electric vans are now seen as more cost-effective

A recent survey, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, suggests that British businesses are at a turning point in their adoption of electric vans (EVs). The study, which polled 1,000 UK van drivers, found that a majority (52%) now believe electric vans are more cost-effective to run than their petrol or diesel counterparts.

Cost savings and environmental benefits drive EV adoption

This shift in perception is driven by several factors. Firstly, the rising cost of fuel and the expansion of low-emission zones (such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)) are making traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vans increasingly expensive to operate. Secondly, improvements in EV technology, such as increased range and faster charging times, are making them more practical for everyday use.

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The survey also found that a significant majority (66%) of van drivers believe EVs would suit their business needs, with almost a third (29%) citing the ULEZ expansion as a reason for their intended switch. Reliability concerns, a common barrier to EV adoption, are diminishing, with almost three-quarters of respondents stating that reliability is no longer a reason not to buy an electric vehicle.

Challenges remain, but the future looks bright for EVs

While the survey results are encouraging, the report also highlights some remaining challenges. Charging time remains the top concern among potential EV buyers (57%). However, as charging infrastructure continues to improve and battery technology advances, this concern is likely to lessen.

Overall, the Volkswagen report paints a positive picture of the future of electric vans in the UK. As businesses increasingly recognise the economic and environmental benefits of EVs, the tipping point towards widespread adoption may not be far off.

Commenting on the survey results, Craig Cavanagh, National Fleet Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said:

“There’s no doubt that UK businesses are seriously considering when and how to make the switch to EVs. Van drivers are recognising the benefits, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also from the perspective of being more cost effective than petrol and diesel models.”

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