What's new in the world of vans March 2022?
March saw some kickback for the Chancellor of the Exchequer after his recent fuel duty cut announcement, as well as the launch of an exciting and affordable all-electric van. A new compact Mercedes van was also teased ahead of its reveal in April.
Here’s what’s been happening in the world vans over the last month.
Innovation Automotive Launch New All-Electric Van
The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle company, Innovation Automotive, have launched their debut vehicle: the all-electric DFSK EC35 van. It produces zero emissions and features a WLTP range of up to 166 miles with a 1,015kg maximum payload.
The EC35 van is powered by a 39kWh lithium-ion battery, with range options including one that reaches 101 miles with a limited top speed of 62mph, as well as the 166-mile range option that has a top speed of 50mph.
The DFSK EC35 is available for £20,999 + VAT, making it an affordable choice for new van buyers.
RAC Question Fuel Duty Cut
The RAC have questioned the impact of the 5p cut on fuel duty announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in March. The cut will last for a year, but the RAC were quick to point out that that tax revenue from fuel is still higher than it was a year ago due to the Government making more in VAT when petrol and diesel prices are high.
The RAC added that the average price of a litre of petrol is still more than 40p higher now than it was in last year’s Spring Statement, with diesel almost 50p higher. The recent rises in fuel prices are partly due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has increased the price of crude oil. However, prices were already rising before the war started.
A spokesperson for the RAC said: “Unfortunately, wholesale fuel prices were already rising before the Chancellor made his announcement on fuel duty last week. This meant retailers were buying fuel in at a higher cost than they were a week earlier, which meant drivers may not have immediately and fully benefitted from the duty cut. Wholesale prices are currently falling, but it’s likely to be next week before we see what impact this has at the pumps.
“Had the Chancellor instead cut VAT on motor fuel last week, drivers would have seen an immediate and guaranteed reduction in their fuel bill next time they visited a petrol station. As things stand, drivers remain entirely dependent on what is happening on the wholesale market and the extent to which retailers are able or willing to pass on savings they make.”
Mercedes Tease New T-Class MPV Van
A new T-Class van based on the MPV model has been teased by Mercedes. It is being marketed as a ‘premium small van for active lifestyles’ for drivers that need storage space but with a compact exterior.
The new T-Class Mercedes van should be fully revealed towards the end of April.
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