JUST six per cent of van drivers plan to go electric within the next two years due to fears about a patchy infrastructure.
A poll of 600 adults who drive the vehicle for work found of those yet to take the plunge, 48 per cent intend to stick to a fuel-powered vehicle for now. While 47 per cent are still undecided.
Two thirds (65 per cent) of drivers of petrol or diesel-powered vans believe it would be tricky trying to find charging points.
As such, 19 per cent would be more inclined to make the move if there was an easier way to plan their journey in advance around the location of charging points.
Other assurances non-electric drivers would need include evidence productivity would be improved (16 per cent) and less downtime for repairs (13 per cent).
While technology which provides status updates on range, nearest charge points and any required maintenance would also appeal (14 per cent).
The research was commissioned by Ford Pro, which is calling on local councils and governments to increase spending on electric vehicle infrastructure ahead of the ban on new petrol or diesel vehicles in 2035.
As part of its campaign, the automotive company is loaning traders on Brixton's Electric Avenue market E-Transit vans throughout 2023 so they can try out electric vans for themselves.
Brixton local and Reggae Reggae sauce creator, Levi Roots, is partnering with the firm to decarbonise his own business logistics.
He said: “As my business continues to grow, I’m always looking for ways to streamline my logistics and keep my business sustainable.
“The tools that Ford can offer businesses like mine will really help us boom as consumers become more environmentally conscious.”
Carried out through OnePoll, the study found 51 per cent feel there is pressure on companies to implement more sustainable business practices to cut down on their carbon footprint – and stay commercially viable.
However, 36 per cent believe a lack of infrastructure – including not enough charging points – would have a negative impact on productivity.
While 32 per cent fear it would be detrimental to profit.
Mandy Dean, commercial vehicle director, Ford of Britain, said: "Many of these local businesses have been serving customers for decades, spanning multiple generations, and probably with the support of a Transit in the background.
"It is vital that these businesses continue to thrive as we shift towards an all-electric future together – we’re ready to support them every step of the way and are calling on councils and governments to get behind the switch too."
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