Using alternative fuels to power your light commercial fleet
Advancements in technology and the number of models available has made eLCVs a financially and operationally viable alternative to combustion engines.
Ogilvie have a wealth of experience in guiding your fleet towards electrification in advance of the government’s 2030 deadline – when all new vehicles will need to be electric.
Whilst currently there are limited electric light commercial vehicles on the market, this number is growing with more new models coming to market in 2022/23, many of which will have increased EV ranges and payloads.
A typical LCV driving 25,000 miles pa would usually do less than 100 miles each working day. Many eLCVs currently available have a published WLTP EV range in excess of 100 miles, with some over 200 miles on a full charge.
The plug-in grant is available for small vans (less than 2,500kg gross vehicle weight) and large vans (between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight) with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and ability to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all.
The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for the vehicle, up to a maximum of £2,500 for small vans and £5,000 for large vans.
The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints for eligible businesses.
Your business can potentially claim up to 40 workplace charge points with a maximum grant of £14,000.
Electric only vehicles do not pay any Vehicle Excise Duty in the first or subsequent years.
Zero emission vehicles are exempt from the costs associated with operating within CAZ zones.
Typically the average costs to charge are 75% lower than the equivalent Diesel fuel costs.
Due to significantly fewer moving parts the likelihood of the vehicle breaking down is reduced saving your business precious time and money
Some eLCVs have a lower TCO when compared to their combustion engine comparison (taking all of the above into account).
EVs are generally easier to drive than their manual combustion engine counterparts, this may also improve driver fatigue.
Driver training may be required, and vehicles over 3.5tonne require a Cat B driving licence
Company van benefit is £3,600 for a combustion engine if there is private use. However, this is only reduced to NIL if there is no or only insignificant private use (commuting is not deemed to be private use in a van, provided that the primary reason that the employee has use of the van is for business travel in the normal course of their job) or it is a pooled van.
Electric Van Benefit charge (zero co2 emission) is ZERO regardless of private use.
|Power KW||80 (109ps)|
|Total OTC PM||£489|
|Total OTC PM||£535|
|Power KW||100 (136ps)|
|Total OTC PM||£658|
|Total OTC PM||£661|
Examples based on the following assumptions; 4 year/100,000 mile contract; 96 miles per day; 5 day working week; 1 x £9 CAZ visit per month; 1 x £12.50 London congestion charge visit per month.
This is suitable for businesses able to install an onsite HVO bunker for their vehicles as it is not yet commonly available in the UK’s fuelling stations.
Many major manufacturers, including Ford, have approved both HVO and Gas-To-Liquid fuels for use in their commercial vehicles.