Sales Of Electric Vans - Steady But Not Electrifying

An electric van

The latest statistics from The Van Insurer highlight that, while many van drivers are making the switch to electric, the pace remains steady yet slow.

The insurance price comparison specialist analysed its quote data over a three-year period, from 2019 to 2021 and identified a substantial overall increase in electric van quotes of 306 per cent.

The statistics also show a steady year-on-year rise in van drivers making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric models. The period between 2019 and 2020 saw an increase of 71 per cent, which nearly doubles to 138 per cent between 2020 and 2021.


0.3 per cent

While the data looks promising, it supports recent findings from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), highlighting that more needs to be done if the van driving industry is to hit its zero-emissions target. According to SMMT, e-vans accounted for just 0.3 per cent of commercial vans on the road in 2020, with petrol and diesel vans comprising 3.1 per cent and 96.6 per cent of the market, respectively.

According to The Van Insurer, electric quotes comprised just 0.15 per cent of overall customer quotes in 2019, rising to just 0.22 per cent and 0.51 per cent over the subsequent two years.


 “We’re encouraged to see that our customers are taking heed of the encroaching zero emissions target and making the switch from diesel and petrol to electric. However, as reflected by previous sector analysis, electrification of the UK’s van fleet has a long way to go if the sector is to meet the government’s Net Zero deadline.”

– Ed Bevis 

Commercial & marketing Manager, The Van Insurer


Picture: An electric van.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
20th October 2021


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