No question is currently more pertinent for those who are considering buying or leasing a van than whether they should opt for petrol, diesel or electric.
All have their pros and cons, so here are some of the things you can consider if you are thinking about a purchase, lease or van rental in Bristol.
Diesel is economical in fuel costs and the cheapest option for vehicle purchase; however, diesel vehicles come with considerable drawbacks, particularly for the environment. The UK government is targeting diesel and other ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles – including petrol – in policies to reduce carbon emissions, so those wishing to drive vans in large urban centres such as London or Bristol should bear in mind that they are not clean air zone compliant and will be subject to charges. Those considering van rental Bristol or other large cities may wish to avoid a diesel vehicle to avoid this extra cost.
Although not as common as diesel options, there are some petrol commercial vehicles on the market. Petrol engines have lower carbon and pollution emissions than diesel engines; what’s more, petrol is cheaper, so can be more economical. The price of petrol vehicles depreciates faster over time, however, and they can be much harder to sell. If you are considering a rental, a petrol vehicle may be a good option.
Electric vehicles are definitely the future of road transport in the UK and EU. While they can still present some challenges for early adopters, namely the upfront price and lack of charging points, they are the cheapest fuel option and are far better for the environment; in fact, some customers of businesses that use couriers now prefer or insist on low-carbon delivery.