DriveElectric is working with Transport for London (TfL) to offer micro businesses and charities a grant of £6,000 to switch to pure electric vehicles under the Van Scrappage Scheme.
The switch could save businesses over £6,500 per van in costs annually, according to DriveElectric. This is based on looking at a diesel van driving into London five days a week paying ULEZ and congestion charges plus annual fuel costs.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the Van Scrappage Scheme earlier this year for the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London.
It gives eligible drivers financial support to help them switch to a lower emissions model using grants of up to £6,000 per vehicle.
Businesses can apply for grants to scrap up to three older, more polluting vans and switch to an electric van from DriveElectric.
The partnership hopes to add over 200 electric vans into London, taking 2m polluting miles off the roads each year.
Those driving into London’ ULEZ every working day with an older diesel van looks at £480 each month for congestion and ULEZ charges.
If they choose to scrap the vehicle it would be replaced by a pure electric Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi van on a lease that costs £99 plus VAT per month, free of ULEZ or London congestion charges.
Mike Potter, managing director of DriveElectric, said: “Since we started working with electric vehicles in 2008 we constantly look for ways to drive the agenda on air quality. We have worked closely with Transport for London, giving impartial advice and working towards a low carbon transport future for the capital. Reducing vehicle emissions should be high on everyone’s agenda.
“It is so important to get as many zero emission vehicles on our roads as possible and it is now achievable,” he added. “The Mayor of London’s Van Scrappage Scheme will help us bring more fully electric vans within easy and affordable reach of thousands of businesses across London. With this initiative’s support it’s now possible for us to provide vehicles to London businesses from under £100 per month.”
DriveElectric has previously provided Gnewt, a growing last mile delivery service, with a bespoke 100% electric fleet for their London operations.
Their fleet of 125 vehicles is now London’s larges fully electric delivery fleet travelling over 1m emission free miles in London each year. This was so successful that it attracted funding from the Mayor of London for a commercial electric vehicle trial.
It is estimated that more than 276,000 diesel van drivers are affected by London ULEZ charges.