Lightweight commercial vehicles (LCVs) are a popular choice for businesses of all sizes. They are versatile, cost-efficient, and easy to manoeuvre, making them ideal for a variety of tasks. However, with so many different LCVs on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs.
In this blog, we will have a look at the different types of LCVs available, including the most popular makes and models. Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’, but hopefully armed with a little more information we can help you on your quest to find the ideal van for your business.
What is a lightweight commercial vehicle (LCV)?
Firstly, for those that are unsure what a LCV is, a LCV is a vehicle that is used for commercial purposes with a gross vehicle weight of less than 3500kgs. LCVs are typically smaller and more efficient than heavier commercial vehicles, making them ideal for businesses that need to transport goods or people in urban areas.
What size or type of van will I need?
LCVs are a diverse group of vehicles, therefore there are many different types available on the market, all offering their own unique set of features and benefits. Which we can break down into four simple categories, as follows:
• Box Vans: Also referred to as a ‘Luton van’, it is a chassis cab truck with an enclosed cuboid shaped cargo area. Typically used to transport goods, this vehicle type is ideal for a removal or delivery company, often built with a tail lift for easier access with heavier goods.
• Transit Vans and Mini Vans: often referred to in the industry as cargo vans, they are without a doubt one of the most popular vans on the road. Designed for ultimate productivity, they are used by many industries, that includes construction, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and couriers. Available in a range of sizes, from the larger Ford E-Transit or the Renault Trafic, to the smaller Citron Berlingo or the well-rounded Volkswagen Caddy.
• High Panel Vans: High panel vans are perfect for transporting large or bulky items. They have a higher roof than standard ‘transit’ vans, which offers more space to load and unload cargo. Seen as a more versatile and spacious option, high panel vans guarantee increased cargo space and easier loading and unloading. Examples include the MAN TGE or Mercedes E-Sprinter.
• Pick-up Trucks: are practical, reliable and capable workhorses that offer all the comforts of a car. Not a popular LCV in the UK, they tend to more favoured in the US, where they have seen the arrival of hybrid and electric pick-ups. The most popular pick-up trucks in the UK are the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and the Volkswagen Amarok.
Electric or Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)?
With environmental and societal pressures intensifying to reduce carbon emissions, there is no doubt that the future of a company fleet is electric.
From 2035 the UK government are banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles, followed by hybrids in 2040. Whilst going electric is becoming inevitable, there are so many benefits to EVs that include:
• Electric vehicles cost less to run compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines.
• EVs have fewer moving parts, therefore have lower service and maintenance costs.
• The production of EVs produce fewer emissions than the production of a traditional vehicle.
• They don’t have engines, which means they are very quiet and produce less noise pollution compared to traditional vehicles.
• EVs accelerate quickly and reach a high-top speed.
• They have no tailpipe emissions, therefore reduces air pollution.
• Can be powered using a renewable energy source such as solar and wind power.
To summarise, a lightweight commercial vehicle is an asset to any business. However, it is important to choose a model that aligns with the needs of your business, that maximises potential and offers longevity.
At ETRUX, our specialist team can help you to choose the right vehicle for the job. Our experienced team will carry out an in-depth feasibility study, which includes assessing operational needs, vehicle suitability, range and drive cycles, annual mileage, cost of diesel and servicing and maintenance. To find out more go to: etrux.co.uk