RISING prices could be in store for the nation’s online shoppers as proposed new regulations hit the parcel delivery sector. With 2.5 billion package deliveries every year in the UK*, most delivered by petrol or diesel vans, now is the time for forward-thinking van operators to cut their costs by switching to an electric van. Nissan’s new, longer range, e-NV200 has a 705kg payload, enough cargo space for two Euro pallets and is capable of travelling 124 miles between charges (WLTP combined cycle) – comfortably more than the 55 miles a day covered by the average van in the UK**.
Offering zero-emissions mobility, low running and SMR costs, the UK’s best-selling pure electric van is exempt from road tax, the London Congestion Charge, and from all proposed LEZ (Low Emissions Zone) and ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) charges. And with low emissions zones and clean air charges planned for major cities including Oxford, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds in the near future, the new e-NV200 offers the perfect solution for van operators nationwide.
Iker Lazzari, Fleet Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “With air quality and emissions very much in the news, now is the time to make the switch to electric and see for yourself just how much money you could save on your commercial vehicle operating costs. With grants to fund the purchase and a whole suite of EV tax incentives, plus the refinement, low running costs and reliability that an electric van offers in daily use, the new e-NV200 is the perfect opportunity to move your fleet, and your business, forwards.”
Enhanced connectivity via the NissanConnect app, means owners can digitally track and log driver reports, check information on battery charge level, start charging and set the vehicle’s climate control remotely, using their smartphone, tablet or computer. The e-NV200 also features Nissan’s unique bi-directional charging technology, enabling operators to return excess energy stored in the battery back to the grid. This capability could help generate extra revenue from charging the van when energy costs are low and selling back to the grid at peak times.
“The rise of online ordering has led to a sharp increase in the number of multi-drop deliveries nationwide, with some 2.5 billion parcels now delivered in the UK annually,” added Iker. “The petrol and diesel currently used to deliver those parcels are costing more than ever and with cities taking the steps to improve air quality, the e-NV200 is the perfect choice for those businesses who want to make huge savings on their outgoings and avoid the costly implications of forthcoming emissions legislation changes.”
Taking London as an example, where some 221,000 vans are currently registered**, non-Euro-6 compliant vans will soon face a daily £24 charge to operate in some parts of the capital. That could add up to a whopping £5,500 per year bill before even a penny has been spent on fuel. Multi-drop drivers currently using diesel vans meanwhile, will also benefit from savings on heavy wear items like starter motors and clutches (the e-NV200 has neither) and by not using fuel while ticking over. To find out more about the new e-NV200, visit http://www.westwaynissan.co.uk/new-vans/nissan-e-nv200
*Source: Pitney Bowes ‘Parcel Shipping Index – 2017’
**Source: Based on figures from Department for Transport