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Blog 25 EV Vans range could be 50% less than WLTP figures! by Fuelcard Frank

I saw this article in *Fleet News and thought it important enough to inform Fleet Managers of the true issues with EV Vans that you are not told about. Read on!

Fleets urged test electric vans in winter as call for

WLTP change made

Fleet Managers are being urged to only test electric vans during the winter to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose throughout the year.

The warning, from James Rooney, head of fleet at Network Rail, comes as fleets aired their frustrations at the real-world ranges being achieved in electric vans versus manufacturer claims in June's Fleet News at 10 webinar.

Rooney told Fleet News at 10: “Test the vehicles before you commit to them in your own fleet with your own payload and don't test it now. Test it in winter.

“You will see a stark difference between summer and winter operation and WLTP figures.

From experience, Rooney expects to see a 30-40% reduction in range on medium and small vans, on average across the year, while on larger vehicles the range reduction is up to half!

“When you’re towing, it becomes laughable,” he said.

For mid-size electric vans, a half load resulted in a dip of 7% against the real-world range and an 11% dip with a full load.

However, add in towing and the range was 24% lower than the unladen real-world maximum.

These drops, say Arval, represent a 14% drop between fully loaded and fully loaded plus towing.

For large electric vans, the half-load figure recorded was an 11% drop, for a full load 14% and when towing the range was 31% lower than the real-world maximum.

The Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) is a global standard for determining the levels of pollutants, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of traditional and hybrid cars, as well as EVs.

Lorrna McAtear, fleet manager at National Grid, said: “We need to get WLTP to change, because the standards that they use and are old.

“A lot of the standards for WLTP are basically wrong... more needs to be done that actually reflects real world.”

McAtear added: “I get the challenges the OEMs have in stating in a figure, but they're also doing the bare minimum they can get away with based on WLTP and it is not real world.”

Paul Hollick, chair of the AFP told Fleet News at 10: “We've bought all these vehicles in good faith based on their WLTP figures.

“We knew they were unladen, so you would expect some sort of range differential, but we want it clearly signposted, with a moderate, average amount of load, what the range would be.

“We also want a seasonal WLTP figure as well, in terms of what we would expect in the winter, in the summer, in the spring and in the autumn.”

Appearing alongside Hollick on the Fleet News at 10 panel, Scott Kennedy, franchise strategy manager at the Herd Group, said: “We need to just ensure that there is something to allow people to make informed decisions. It needs to be open and transparent.

“There just needs to be more accurate data there to allow people to make those informed decisions.”

And Fuelcard Frank adds; “And don’t forget to check the Purchase / Lease cost and the Diesel / Electric costs over the life of the Van before making a decision. “One of our early blogs looked at this cost comparison and concluded that you’re much better off with a Diesel van, have a look at: and check for yourself”

**Seeing on-line comments suggesting that a large courier company has instructed its drivers not to use the heater in the EV Vans as it reduces the range and they may run out before they complete their round. Sounds like a possible breach of workplace regulations if true?

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