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Around a third of van drivers are unlikely to consider switching to an electric van according to new research.

The survey*, carried out by Vansdirect, the Newport-based national online retailer (, found that 31% of respondents are ‘not likely’ to make the change with only 18% saying they were ‘highly likely’ to buy an electric van.

The research also revealed that:

Only 18% of respondents think it’s essential to test drive a new van

80% cited price as the main factor when choosing a van supplier

Just under half were interested in all-inclusive servicing and maintenance packages

40% of van owners saw their vehicle as ‘a tool to help me earn money’

30% of owners with up to four vans believed that ‘it’s essential to reflect my business in the best possible light.’

Gregor Mackie, operations director of Vertu Ventures, said: “Most of the major manufacturers are producing electric vans but it seems there is a long way to go to convince drivers to switch.

“Our attitudes survey shows some reluctance for van owners to embrace the electric revolution, but I am sure that will change as the technology advances. Demand is also likely to be driven by the introduction of more clean air zones, such as those in Bath, Birmingham and soon to be Portsmouth. Vehicles which do not meet emissions standards could well be subject to charges to drive in these areas.

“I was surprised to find that so few buyers thought it important to test drive a new vehicle but less so that price is a major consideration when making a purchasing decision.

“Van sales have risen over the last 18 months, in part down to the rise in the number of delivery drivers recruited by courier and postal companies.

“Conducting this research has enabled us to more fully understand our customers and will help us to deliver the products and service they want.”

*354 respondents – survey carried out in June 2021



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Notes to Editors

Vertu Motors is the fifth largest automotive retailer in the UK with a network of 154 sales outlets across the UK. Its dealerships operate predominantly under the Bristol Street Motors, Vertu and Macklin Motors brand names.

Vertu Motors was established in November 2006 with the strategy to consolidate the UK motor retail sector. It is intended that the Group will continue to acquire motor retail operations to grow a scaled dealership group. The Group’s acquisition strategy is supplemented by a focused organic growth strategy to drive operational efficiencies through its national dealership network. The Group currently operates 150 franchised sales outlets and 4 non-franchised sales operations from 116 locations across the UK.

Vertu’s Mission Statement is to “deliver an outstanding customer motoring experience through honesty and trust”.

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Gregor Mackie, operations director of Vertu Ventures
Gregor Mackie, operations director of Vertu Ventures
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