BUSINESSES are turning to electric SUVs as a viable operational alternative to diesel and electric vans.
SME fleets have been making the switch to overcome issues of supply and to electrify their fleets more quickly, says the leasing provider Arval UK.
As long as the electric SUV has sufficient space, payload and towing capacity there are a number of benefits compared to electric vans believes Arval. These include:
- better range (an electric SUV typically has a real world range of up 300 miles);
- chargepoint accessibility;
- superior security and safety features to better protect the products and equipment being carried;
- and more driver safety technology, such as lane keeping assistance.
There is a human resources advantage too, Arval says.
Whole life cost comparisons between SUVs and vans are often “broadly similar”, according to Ben.
Racking and conversion products for SUVs
Some LCV racking and conversion companies are already taking note of the trend towards electric SUVs and are producing products especially designed for this sector.
It’s also possible to apply livery to an electric SUV, which can present a “strong corporate image but can be easily removed when the vehicles are eventually de-fleeted”, Ben said.
It may be, of course, that the use of electric SUVs rather than diesel vans is a passing strategy that will last one or two vehicle replacement cycles until more operationally efficient electric vans become more widely available.
New fleet software called DriverLite has been launched by FleetCheck that can be adopted for free by any business that operates cars and vans.
Chasetown Civil Engineering is running a significantly more efficient fleet thanks to a bespoke solution from CBVC Vehicle Management