Imagine a tour with a Volkswagen bus – it creates a very specific picture, doesn´t it? You think of the freedom to choose your own place to sleep – and of being woken up by the sunrise just above the beach in the morning. What’s more romantic than that? But let´s face the facts: especially these old, very romantic Volkswagen buses are not necessarily the best choice to support our environment. Running on diesel, they produce tons of greenhouse emissions. Modern electric or hybrid vans could be a good solution to solve your inner sustainability conflict. We therefore listed some cons and pros for you:
Electric vans: disadvantages
- Range anxiety: the most obvious issue. Electric vans do not travel as far on a single charge as conventional vans do. This means you´d have to stop more often.
- Charging time: this varies, depending on the power of the charging system. But even in the best-case scenario it will take longer to recharge an e-van than to refuel a regular van.
Electric vans: advantages
- Ecofriendly: electric vans produce basically no CO2 emissions as they drive around.
- Low running costs: e-vans are considerably cheaper to run than diesel vans. The costs per mile of electricity are way lower than for conventional vans.
- Incentives: many local authorities try to encourage people driving electric vehicles. This could range from free parking spots in many areas to free charging in some places.
Of course the disadvantages can be dissuasive. But let’s face the facts: the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you want to reduce your ecological footprint!
Check out this video to get to know the 10 most impressive electric vans:
One Step Ahead
These two guys are definitely at least one step ahead: Joel and Keegan from Route Del Sol are currently on a trip with their van, which runs completely on renewable energy, from Alaska to Argentina: