Well, the first thing you should know is your van will be called all sorts of things from "Mobility scooter" , "Milk float", "A good robbers van", you will get accused of "Sneaking about" told "its too quiet" but if you want to go electric and can't afford a Tesla, here's the vehicle for you.
The Renault Kangoo ZE Van shown above is probably the cheapest - greenest way you can run your business, assuming you can live with the limited range. If you are a painter and decorator, electrician or gardener this should not be a problem.
The first question you will get is how far does it go on a charge ?
- Depending on what mood its in 58 - 75 miles. This is with roof rack ladders FULL Sparky tools, bits, bobs and cable.
Lets face it, when you get down to your last 58 miles in your regular car you are looking for the next petrol station. This where you need to take your "petrol head" off and put on your "electric head".
All you need to know is will it get me too the cob shop then work then back to my house and may be a school run thrown in for good measure. If the answer is yes then its not a problem.
If the answer is not quite then you have a few options-
- Go out your way to a charging station where you may have to sit and wait hours or use valuable range just getting there and back.
- Go "flat line" this is when your range guestimator goes below 0 miles and shows ---- , chance it for the last couple of miles. Not for the faint hearted.
- Charge at the place of your work. This is by far the most practical for the following reasons -
- NO DETOURS -
- NO WAITING just plugin and start work -
- NO COST - , although out of politeness you ought to offer a couple of £'s or a discount on the bill.
The Kangoo ZE van has no fast charge capability so the fastest you can charge is 3kwh/h - or approximately 10 miles an hour in plain english.