The BVRLA is urging the Chancellor to provide more financial support and incentives to support the zero emission van market.
In a letter to Rishi Sunak MP, it outlined the need to introduce targeted plans and funding that will support the uptake of electric vans across the 3.4 million people in the UK that require a van for their job.
The letter is co-signed by the BVRLA, BRC, Finance & Leasing Association, Green Alliance, Logistics UK, Renewable Energy Association, and Transport & Environment.
As the fastest-growing form of road transport, vans account for 16% of associated UK emissions. However, there is a significant disparity between progress in the electric car and electric van markets. The BVRLA said that the lack of effective regulation or support for the electric van market means clear barriers remain that prevent fleet operators from making the transition.
Lower running costs once incorporated into a fleet make electric vans an appealing option, but the initial costs to adopt are prohibitive to many. This is evidenced, the BVRLA said, by the fact that the average electric van costs 31% more than its petrol or diesel equivalent. In many cases that price differential is over 50%.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “Electric vans are the future, but for too long, the Government has focused on one-size-fits-all solutions for electric vehicles. Zero emission vans are not yet affordable, accessible or feasible for many fleets and use cases. The sector needs a well-financed strategy with additional targeted fiscal support if we are to meet the 2030 phase out target. The measures laid out so far in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Net Zero Strategy do not go far enough.”