With the automotive industry continuing to move towards electric, fleet managers are also thinking about making the switch.
Currently, vans contribute to 32% of transport emissions in towns and cities across the UK, but only make up only 16% of the vehicles used.
So, with that in mind, fleet managers are considering more environmentally sustainable options.
Top of the list for many fleet managers is the Vauxhall Vivaro-e. The all-electric van has a long list of awards under its belt, including ‘Medium Van of the Year’ at the What Van? Awards 2022 and ‘Best Medium Electric Van’ at the Driving Electric Awards 2022.
With a WLTP range of up to 205 miles and a maximum payload of up to 1,226kg, the Vivaro-e is the forerunner to Vauxhall’s commitment to electrification.
As part of a new web series for the FASTER Project, the Vivaro-e was put to the test at the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre.
Dr Euan McTurk of Plug Life Consulting and Ric Boullemier of Generate Media are part of the team at the FASTER Project, which plans to install rapid charging stations for electric vehicles in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The pair reckon the Vivaro-e could be a 'game-changer' in the electric van market thanks to its good range, ability to charge at high speeds and reliability.
In the video review, it is also explained the Vivaro-e is currently already being used by several big companies across the UK, with the pair praising its practicality and the fact that there’s no need to worry about range anxiety on a day-to-day basis.
Watch the full video below.
Meanwhile, the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre opened in 2021 on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End with the aim of educating visitors about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and why they are becoming so important.
There are more than 60 vehicles on site available to test-drive, from plug-in and self-charging hybrids to fully electric vehicles.
There are no sales at the site, which is specifically an innovation, information, and educational centre.
You can also learn about the different types of charging and generous government tax and grants available if you're thinking of moving to electric.
We have also recently opened a second Innovation Centre in Stafford, England.
For those thinking of switching to AFVs for their company, a business specialist will also be on site at each location to help them make the most informed choice.