Electric vans are cheaper to maintain and fuel than conventional diesel commercial vehicles, but their higher sticker price often discourages small businesses and entrepreneurs from making the switch.
But over in Rotterdam, Netherlands, generous incentives designed to remove older, polluting vehicles from the city’s streets means that eligible businesses can buy a brand new Nissan e-NV200 for just €4,950 ($6,505).
As PureGreenCars reports, the city of Rotterdam is offering business buyers €2,500 in incentives for ditching a clunker for a new plug-in vehicle. Combine this with €3,000 in national plug-in car incentives and a local incentive fund of €7,000, and the net cost of buying an e-NV200 in Rotterdam is just 24 percent of the official sticker price. In nearby Amsterdam — where incentives aren’t quite as generous — you the same van costs €5,650.
Based on the Nissan LEAF drivetrain and battery pack, the e-NV200 is designed to be used primarily in cities, but thanks to optional on-board 6 kilowatt charger and DC quick charge capabilities can be used on longer cross-country trips.
With a real-world range in of between 60 and 90 miles depending on road conditions and usage patterns, the e-NV200 makes the ideal delivery vehicle for small businesses like florists or for small traders looking for a versatile vehicle to transport equipment and materials in.
It’s also available as a five-seat passenger vehicle, making it perfect for life as a taxi cab.
For businesses in Rotterdam who want to buy a car rather than a van, the total cost is as low as €7,450 after incentives for a base-model Nissan LEAF. Those in Amsterdam will find the same car can be purchased from €8,350.
Other electric vehicles can also be purchased under the same program, with comparable discounts, but as you might expect however, there are a few catches to the unbelievably low-priced deal.
First, the cash for clunker incentive is only available to the first 5,000 business applicants and in order to qualify, applicants have to have placed their orders and taken delivery of the vehicle by December 31.
Second, the prices quoted above apply to Visia Flex models of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200. Since Flex pricing doesn’t include the cost of the battery pack, businesses will need to add on the cost of a monthly battery rental on top of the purchase price.
If you happen to be in either city however, there’s probably never a better time to dump the pump for a plug — so be sure to get down to your local electric vehicle dealer as soon as possible.
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