Small businesses are beginning to turn towards electrification to save money and improve business efficiency.
Nissan is reporting a 200 per cent increase in sales of the Nissan e-NV200 – its medium-sized electric van – so far this year.
The e-NV200, which is said to have running costs of 2p per mile and tops zero-emissions EV sales in 10 European markets, including UK, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands, suits a changing commercial vehicle market, according to Nissan.
In a survey of over 500 UK small businesses conducted by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, 24 per cent of firms expect van fleets to be fully electric within a decade.
Furthermore, one in three UK van fleet operators said business efficiency is their main motivation when adopting new technologies, followed by cost savings (17 per cent).
Paolo D’Ettore, director of LCV Business Unit Nissan Europe, said: “The success of the e-NV200 truly demonstrates that we have the right product at the right time.
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“The acceleration of fleet electrification – especially in city centres – is a challenge for our customers, so we recognise the need to work with them and provide the optimal ecosystem to a smooth transition to electric vehicles.’"
Strong availability of the 40kW e-NV200 means customers who order one today could get behind the wheel within three months.