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Since the introduction of electric vehicles and their increasing shift into the mainstream market, fleet operators’ primary considerations when selecting the appropriate light commercial vehicles (LCV) have changed.

CHANGING VEHICLE SELECTION CRITERIA

Previously, the criteria against which vehicle selection was assessed included payload, vehicle size, body style and engine size. And while these are still important considerations, driving range, charging times and infrastructure are now key concerns for operators looking to switch to an electrically powered fleet, to ensure their selected vehicle capabilities remain in line with their intended use, while also adhering to their wider sustainability objectives.

GUIDING OPERATORS THROUGH EV TRANSITION

The transition to electric can be overwhelming for operators of all fleet sizes without advice and guidance; however Logistics UK’s Van Gold Partner, Lex Autolease, has an in-house team of engineers available to guide operators through the vehicle selection journey. Andy Hill, Strategic LCV Fleet Engineering Consultant at Lex Autolease, said: “Commercial vehicles must remain fit for purpose and legally compliant whatever their power source, so it is essential that specific concerns about electrification of fleets feature equally alongside general vehicle specification considerations when purchasing new vehicles.

“It is important that customers spend time thinking about all the uses of their fleet, so that their vehicle provider can work with them throughout the acquisition process to ensure that any vehicle is fit for purpose now and in the future. Doing this will help to avoid potentially costly mistakes and help futureproof a fleet, while also preparing operators for a wholesale change to electric vehicles when it makes sense for each business.

“Our focus will always be on providing a safe, legally compliant vehicle that addresses our customers’ needs and, wherever possible, start them on their journey to sustainability. Using our years of technical experience, we pride ourselves on getting it right first-time.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/van

Published On: 24/03/2022 16:00:49

 

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