A 'dramatic shift' to electric power will soon be underway for UK businesses operating vans, according Arval Mobility Observatory (AMO) research.
Almost half of UK fleets expect to be affected by the introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) and the London Ultra-Low Emissions zone (ULEZ).
Van fleets are tentatively exploring the petrol and electric alternatives after years of diesel dominance in the LCV market, the FN50 survey suggests.
Almost one in five (17%) companies have changed the size of vans they operate on their fleet in the last year, according to new research from Arval.
The new 4.25 tonne van derogation could help to open the large panel van market to alternative fuel commercial vehicles (AFCVs), says Arval.
The MOT test exemption for electric vans should be closed, says Arval.
The arrival of prestige manufacturers in the pick-up sector is leading to a growing proportion of buyers choosing to run them instead of vans, says Arval.
Businesses are missing significant opportunities for rightsizing with 83% simply replacing vehicles with one of the same size, according to Arval.
Arval is releasing new advice to fleet operators in the light of reports that thefts from vans are rising rapidly.
The first certificates for Arval’s new van training course will be presented at the Commercial Show 2017 on its opening day - Tuesday April 25.
Commercial vehicle experts from Arval will be available to talk through even the most complex and unique van challenges at Commercial Vehicle Show 2017.
Diesel still has an important role to play for many fleets despite calls for a scrappage scheme designed to improve air quality by removing older vehicles, says Arval.
Van fleets need to look carefully at the impact of Euro 6 emissions requirements on payloads before replacing older vehicles.
An increase in fuel consumption of more than 20% between an unladen panel van and the same vehicle with 75% of its maximum payload has been recorded in trials by Arval.
Delivery fleets need to ensure that safety standards are being upheld as seasonal demand grows, says Arval.
The range of an electric van can almost halve when it is carrying a full payload in real world conditions, according to a new trial by Arval.
The cost of LCV fleets meeting the requirements of a new wave of cleaner air policies in major cities will almost certainly be passed to consumers, says Arval, unless savings can be made in overall vehicle running expenses.
Many LCV fleets are underprepared for the use of AdBlue in new models that meet Euro 6 emissions legislation, says Arval.
Arval has been reappointed to the Government procurement framework run by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), after a four-year absence.
Arval is working with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to put employees through the Excellence in Van Operations qualification.