Q&A for light e-commercial vehicles
The electrification of transport is progressing with seemingly unstoppable force. In 2021 alone, 13 % of newly registered passenger cars were electrically powered. The trend in the light commercial vehicle sector is also moving towards e-mobility, although the figures here are still lower. Is it already the right choice to switch to electric commercial vehicles now, and what needs to be considered? We have summarised the most important questions and answers on this topic.
Is there a suitable electric light commercial vehicle (e-LCV) for my needs?
There are currently 27 models of e-LCVs in our ALD market overview. From the compact Peugeot e-Partner to the large Ford E-Transit, the right vehicle is now available for almost every application.
How far can I get on one battery charge?
In addition to battery capacity, the range depends on factors such as payload, driving style or the outside temperature. Models are currently available on the market which have a WLTP range of between 110 - 420 km. As a result, electric commercial vehicles are already an optimal choice for many areas of application.
Do e-LCVs pay off from a financial perspective?
E-LCVs are usually more expensive to purchase than their petrol or diesel counterparts. However, electric motors consist of fewer components than internal combustion engines and are, therefore, less maintenance-intensive and cheaper to keep road-worthy.
Do I have to change my driving style when driving an e-LCV?
An e-vehicle essentially drives no differently than a vehicle with a combustion engine and automatic transmission. However, by driving with foresight and steadiness, the range of the electric commercial vehicle can be increased. In addition, the way in which the vehicle is loaded has a major influence on the actual range. Therefore, take care to avoid unnecessary weight.
What are the options for charging the vehicle?
Basically, there are 3 ways to recharge an e-car:
At the company’s premises: This means, for example, that the vehicles in the depot can be charged overnight. If a photovoltaic system is available, the electricity required for charging can be generated and stored during the day.
At the place of residence: Provided that all potential technical and residential laws allow for it.
At public charging stations: In most cases, this requires a charging card or app from the energy provider. In many cases, it can also be used to charge with other providers. Here you can find all charging stations in Switzerland.
Ideally, you should always get into a fully charged vehicle.
What other advantages does an e-LCV have?
With an e-LCV, you are not only emission-free, but also almost silent on the road. This significantly increases driving comfort. In addition, electric vehicles are allowed to park for free and/or use the bus lane in some cities. With an e-LCV, you not only make your fleet fit for the future, but also take an important and visible step towards sustainability at the same time.