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October 2019

Eco-friendly cars have taken the world by storm this past decade, and it’s been a fantastic ride so far. So much so that we’re seeing businesses take to the streets in fleets of electric vans, especially in Europe where the electric van market has recently exploded.

Down here in New Zealand, we take a lot of pride in keeping our country green, so it makes sense for Kiwi businesses to integrate the electric van into their transportation methods. If you’re a business owner thinking of taking this path, then you are most likely wondering about the ins and outs of an electric van. Is it really as efficient as everyone says? Can it carry heavy loads? Will it work for your business?

In this blog, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of using electric vans for your business, so that you can make the right choice. Let’s get into it.

Electric Van Pros

There are plenty of reasons why so many businesses are taking on electric vans. They’re highly efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly, so the carbon footprint of your business will be drastically reduced. Beyond those huge reasons, however, there are a few benefits that a lot of people don’t take into consideration.

E-Vans run cheap 

The cost per kilometre for electric vans is much smaller when compared to their diesel-engine alternatives, because recharging is a lot cheaper than filling up with gas! According to Drive Electric, the average cost of running a petrol vehicle for 12,500km in a year is $2,500. Compare that to an electric car in New Zealand, which would cost about $500 for the exact same distance travelled, and you can see why businesses are adopting them around the globe.

Cost-effective maintenance 

Aside from the on-road costs, electric vans typically need less maintenance than ICE cars. Electric engines contain relatively few moving parts, which results in significantly less wear and tear.

Great performance 

While most people don’t think that performance would be a benefit, the rotational forces that power an electric engine mean that maximum torque is produced from the get-go. Heavy loads and speed are therefore no problem at all for anything electrically powered. The mining industry, for example, uses electric motors to pull large loads at slower speeds. This torque and grunt are also delivered in complete silence, so even the nighttime runners don’t need to worry about noise complaints.

Electric Van Cons 

As with all vehicles, there are also some cons involved in an electric van fleet. These depend on a variety of factors including driving style and payload, so the best way to find out if a van is right for your business is to head down to a dealership that can help you with any concerns you may have.

Range Anxiety 

The first thing that comes to mind for many business owners is the concern over driving distance—how far can an electric van get you on one charge? This varies from model to model, so it’s always best to consider where your business operates before choosing an e-van. At the moment, the best place to operate electric vans is undoubtedly in urban environments like Auckland, where chargers are plentiful.

But, just to assuage any potential worries, let’s look at the range of the Renault Kangoo ZE. 200km on paper, which will fluctuate depending on the driver and payload, but is more than sufficient for a day of deliveries in the city.


You have to put in the time to refuel these puppies, and that means that you’ll have to consider the cost of installing multiple chargers at your base of operations. While still cheaper than running your fleet on gasoline, this can make a lot of business owners baulk at first.

High Initial Cost

Electric vans tend to run a lot more expensive than non-electric vans, but only as an initial cost. Over its lifespan, an electric vehicle will save you a lot more money than you spend on it initially. However, for many people, the initial cost may be too high to warrant the addition of an electric fleet to their business.

Overall, the right decision depends on what you want for your business. We’re moving into the future as we speak, and green living and driving are becoming a major consideration in everyone’s lives. The choice of whether you will implement those same considerations into your business is an unavoidable one. Currently, the best-selling electric vans on the market are the Nissan e-NV200 and the Renault Kangoo ZE, which are both accessible in New Zealand through imports or – in the case of the Kangoo ZE – directly from a retailer.

If you’re looking to make the right choice, but you’re unsure where to start, the team at GVI Electric will happily help you out.

Make your business green.  


At GVI Electric we cover everything from the sale of electric vans to providing electric car leases to prospective owners. If you’re considering adding an e-van to your fleet, give us a call today!

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