What's New in The World of Vans June 2021?
This last month saw the launch of an exciting new van model using zero-emissions technology, and great news for dealers as the new van registration numbers for May were published. There is also some concern regarding van supply, so read on to see what’s been happening in the world of vans during June.
New Zero-Emission Hydrogen Vivaro Launched by Vauxhall
Vauxhall has unveiled a new version of their Vivaro light commercial van, which will be a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell model with a range up to 249 miles.
The new Vivaro-e Hydrogen will be able to refuel in just three minutes and features the same storage space capacity as both the diesel or battery electric Vivaro models. The zero-emission hydrogen Vivaro will have even more payload capacity than the battery electric version, with a maximum of 1,100kg.
The managing director of Vauxhall, Paul Willcox, said of the new van’s technology: “Vauxhall is already leading the way with an all-electric van range, and now we are set to add hydrogen to the line-up as an efficient energy system of the future. Vauxhall-Opel has more than 20 years of experience in developing hydrogen fuel technology which offers zero emissions-in-use, a long driving range and ultra-fast refuelling.”
The Vivaro-e Hydrogen will have a 45kW fuel cell that has been designed to generate enough power for continuous driving on motorways. It will also have a 10.5kWh lithium-ion battery positioned under the front seats to provide extra acceleration and start-up power when it is needed.
New Van Sales Record in May
June saw the publishing of the van sales figures for May by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and the numbers are good news for dealers. Over 29,300 new vans were registered throughout the month, which is a record-breaking rise of 4.7% on the five-year pre-pandemic average.
It brings the total of new vans registered so far during 2021 to over 157,000. All vehicle segments saw an increase in sales, though the majority came through huge increases in sales of larger 2.5 to 3.5 tonne vans, which totalled over 19,600 on their own.
The SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, “May’s figures are welcome news, suggesting Britain’s additional reliance on commercial vehicles is a long-term shift rather than a lockdown stopgap.”
Hawes was also keen to stress the importance of van users and operators making the switch to zero-emission capable technologies.
BVRLA Survey Reveals Van Supply Concerns
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has published a survey highlighting concerns about van supply among businesses in the vehicle rental and leasing sector.
The UK trade body’s survey discovered over 90% of respondents thought that the current supply of ICE vans was hindering their ability to meet the needs of their customers. In addition, 84% of respondents believed the supply of vans is getting worse.
The Chief Executive of the BVRLA, Gerry Keaney, said: “Although we have seen an increase in the number of makes and models [of battery electric vans] coming to market, there is a particular dearth of vans capable of long ranges or towing.”
Keaney added: “A special focus on vans is needed if this sector is to achieve parity with the more developed electric car market and the BVRLA will be making recommendations to the Government.”
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