Hi, I'm considering the possibility that an E-NV200 might be an option for my small business, it started mainly due to the vehicle I'm using cant really be sign written, the van will save me some personal tax, road tax, and cost a whole lot less to run. Factoring this over a number of years, an 18 month to 2 year old van should hopefully pay for itself... And I'll be advertising more since I'll probably use it instead of my car, when that possible from a range point of view. I have a couple of questions if you can help :
1, I borrowed Nissans demonstrator last February, it was maybe 3c at the time, a day or so running the van from a full charge produced 63 miles, it was all done gently, and was two thirds in town, then dual carriageways on the way back to the dealer, it had only a few miles remaining after the 17 mile journey, despite claiming 40 miles range before I set off.
Could I expect more than this range, or less if my journey was a steady motorway at 55 - 60mph ?
2, could I presume that after usage of 7000 - 9000miles per year for 8 years that I could expect to get maybe 45-50 miles on a charge if my range now is 60-70 miles ?
3, Ecotricity seem to be widespread on the motorway services that I visit, there's a yearly subscription and charging is FOC ? But surely they're likely to start with a fee when they get to a certain number of users ?
What's the solution for charging when driving maybe 100 miles of motorway (only if I have to) that would be probably 3 charges, it's a shame that the range on these isn't more, and this larger battery pack (if eventually fitted to the NV just moved the goalposts backwards in terms of affording a new vehicle in the first place
If wonder for what percentage of people these vehicles make economical sense, I'm sure many buy them because they like them, feel they're helping the environment, or think they're probably saving money but never really worked it out. I don't do huge mileages, however they're mostly local, I don't live more than half a mile from work, so there's not even any commuting. But a £10,500+vat van, will be 'felt' as a roughly £7,000 cost to the business, save £200 a year road tax, and probably £900 a year in fuel
Any comments would be most appreciated