The future of the vehicle rental industry? Electric vans, cars and trucks!
With the ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars having been moved forward from 2040 to 2035 the vehicle rental sector is set to become electric rapidly! But how soon can we expect to see fully electric fleets and is it possible to have efficient electric trucks?
Nissan already has the Leaf which has been given glowing reviews globally and they have applied the same technology to their flagship electric van, the Nissan e-NV200; which can currently cover over 120 miles before needing to be charged! Peugeot, Citroen and Renault have all followed suit and have models which can all cover similar mileage on a single charge. However, currently all these electric vans take anywhere from three to twelve plus hours to charge fully meaning that electric vans are best suited for urban areas where users are likely to do less mileage and be able to find power sources more readily! With over ten years of innovation to come we can expect charge times and mileage to improve significantly to meet the needs of all types of hirers and uses!
The future also looks bright for electric truck and lorry hire! Tesla has already announced their Tesla Semi Truck and Mercedes have released the eActros whilst DAF has the CF Electric! With the battery that is required to operate them, these trucks are heavier than their diesel predecessors but can still cover around 120 miles on a single charge in a similar manner to the smaller electric vans already available and this will only improve over the next decade!