- 70% of UK van drivers now view electric vehicles as suitable for their businesses.
- Electric vehicle consideration among UK van drivers has surged since the pandemic.
- Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers attractive incentives for retail customers, including 7.5% APR Representative financing and free charging options.
A remarkable 70% of UK van drivers now consider EVs suitable for their businesses.
This represents a significant shift, with only 13% remaining sceptical about the capabilities of zero-emission vehicles.
In a recent study of 1,000 UK van drivers, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles found that EV consideration has surged since the pandemic began. Back in 2019, only half of van drivers (50%) saw electric vehicles as a viable option. Now, that number has soared to an impressive 70%.
To propel the growing EV appetite, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is offering incentives for retail customers eyeing the ID. Buzz range. Until July 3, 2023, customers can benefit from 7.5% APR Representative financing and free charging. Moreover, they have the choice of a £750 pre-paid charging card or an affordable Ohme home charger for just £99.
London-based businesses can take advantage of the new London scrappage scheme. Eligible enterprises with vehicles registered in the city can receive up to £7,500 in financial assistance. This money helps them replace their internal combustion engine vans with fully electric models. The scheme not only promotes eco-friendly vehicles but also reduces emissions, improves air quality, and fosters a greener environment.
Rob Holdcroft, Head of Network Sales at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said:
“Our research shows that there is clear appetite for electric vehicles, and the new scrappage scheme is a great opportunity for London-based businesses to benefit from significant reductions while reducing on-road emissions and improving London’s air quality. We think it will drastically accelerate the switch to electromobility in the LCV sector.”
As UK van drivers increasingly recognize the benefits of EVs, there are more and more schemes and opportunities arising to their advantage. The growing appeal of EVs feeds a circular system by which increased interest leads to increased investment and incentives in the sector.
The results are encouraging for the future of the UK van industry. EVs are the only way to ensure the prosperity of the logistics sector, and if the drivers using these vans every day have embraced emobility, then the decision is already made.