Operators of Britain’s van fleets will spend nearly £16 billion on zero-emission vehicles this year, almost 50 per cent more than last year, according to industry estimates. However, a large minority of British companies are reducing their fleets of electric vans or are not investing at all after finding that the range on a single charge in available models means that they cannot do the same job as a diesel van. The spending boom on electric vans has been put down to the growing focus of companies and shareholders on environmental targets, particularly amid the rapid rise in home delivery vehicles on the roads during the pandemic. The take-up has led to growing optimism by most van operators that their fleets can be wholly emission-free by the end of the decade.
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