Can you go electric?

28 August 2019, 4:16 pm

What should you be asking yourself when thinking about the switch?

First, weigh up the pros and cons and see which of each are more essential to your business. This will you’ll make the correct assessment on what you need and when you need it. But, most importantly for how much.

The electric car (EV) is a relatively new concept in the world of the automotive industry. Although some companies have based their entire model of cars around being proactive and using electricity, some also offer hybrid vehicles that work off both electricity and gas.

Advantages Disadvantages
No fuel required

(completely electric cars only)

Recharge Points

Few and far between


Money back from the government for going green.

Electricity isn’t Free

Electric cars can also be a hassle on your energy bill if you’re not considering the options carefully.

No Emissions

100 percent eco-friendly as they run on electrically powered engines.

Short Driving Range and Speed

Electric cars are limited by range and speed. Most of these cars have range about 50-100mils


popularity comes all new types of cars being put on the market that are each unique, providing you with a wealth of choices moving forward.

Longer Recharge Time

An electric car takes about 4-6 hours to get fully charged.

Safe to Drive

Electric cars undergo same fitness and testing procedures test as other fuel powered cars. In case an accident occurs, one can expect airbags to open up and electricity supply to cut from battery.

Silence as Disadvantage

Silence can be a bit disadvantage as people like to hear noise if they are coming from behind them.

Cost Effective

Earlier, owing an electric car would cost a bomb. But with more technological advancements, both cost and maintenance have gone down. The mass production of batteries and available tax incentives have further brought down the cost, thus, making it much more cost effective.

Battery Replacement

Batteries of almost all electric cars are required to be changed every 3-10 years.

Low Maintenance

Electric cars runs on electrically powered engines and hence there is no need to lubricate the engines. Other expensive engine work is a thing of past. Therefore, the maintenance cost of these cars has come down.

Not Suitable for Cities Facing Shortage of Power

Cities already facing acute power shortage are not suitable for electric cars.

Reduced Noise Pollution

Electric cars put curb on noise pollution as they are much quieter. Electric motors are capable of providing smooth drive with higher acceleration over longer distances.

Some governments don’t provide money saving initiatives
- Off the forecourt – very expensive

Because of how new they are and the technology it took to develop them.


With the automotive market leaders now offering all types of different electric vehicle, its important not to get distracted by pretty lights and flashy steering wheels. You’re more than likely going to see a dramatic drop in mileage. With the average electric car offering around 100 miles from A to B. That’s around 2 hours of motorway driving. Consider this is you commute long distance.

I suppose you’re trying to make a fish climb a tree if you’re expecting long effective journeys. This is for the 5-10-mile single A to B commuter. The pop to the shop’s car. But what if you didn’t have worry about it?


Well, Volkswagen beautiful range of electric commercial vehicles are changing the game. Their compact batteries recharge overnight or from 0-80% in 45 minutes using a fast charger (sold separately). This battery is featured across all range of e-Vehicles.

UK specification, pricing and launch dates to be confirmed.

VW ABT e-Caddy – van in city streets

The ABT e-Caddy’s size, quietness and cargo capacity make it the ideal compact van for deliveries in tight, congested city streets. The drive system developed by ABT builds on their championship-winning experience in the FIA Formula E electric race series.


VW ABT e-Transporter – electric van

The iconic much-loved Transporter has been converted into an electric version for zero-emission local journeys. The ABT e-Transporter comes with two underfloor battery options developed by ABT, meaning there is no compromise on load area.

VW e-Crafter – electric van

The e-Crafter is designed for urban multi-drops with the same payload and load area as the diesel van. It’ll be just as capable in town too – powerful, smooth and with a useful 107-mile range.

Three striking examples of what to expect with the classic VW look.

Why should you go electric?

Switching to electric vehicles is good for both your business and the environment. Generous grants, lower running and servicing costs and access to ultra-low emissions zones can make buying and owning an electric van an attractive choice for your business in the future.

  • Zero road tax and lower running costs
  • Quiet and smooth to drive, with instant torque
  • Subsidies available to buy vehicles and install chargers
  • Unrestricted access to ultra-low emission zones and areas with diesel bans

If you’re still deciding, it probably means that you’re not ready. It’s a bold step having an electric car in such a petrol dependant world.

However, it could be a smart marketing ploy. For example, if you’re a solar panel reseller and installation company it could be a smart approach to influencing more homes to turn green. Just an idea, something to think about.