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EV's Are Too Expensive

06 June 2024

EV's Are Too Expensive

We hear it every day, but are they?

Ford Diesel Transit vs. E-Transit: A Cost Breakdown for the Savvy Business Owner

The van you choose for your business is a major investment. With the rise of electric vehicles, it's crucial to weigh the pros and cons of both traditional diesel models and their newer electric counterparts. In this post, we'll dive into the cost differences between the Ford Diesel Transit and the Ford E-Transit to help you make an informed decision.

Upfront Costs: Sticker Shock vs. Long-Term Savings

Ford Diesel Transit: The initial purchase price of a diesel Transit is generally lower than the E-Transit. This makes it an attractive option for businesses on a tight budget. However, it's important to consider the ongoing costs of diesel fuel and potential maintenance expenses.

Ford E-Transit: Be prepared for a higher sticker price with the E-Transit. The battery technology that powers electric vehicles is still relatively expensive. However, this initial investment can pay off in the long run with lower fuel and maintenance costs. Plus with the Government OLEV grant of up to £5,000 and manufacture incentives the price difference isn't as much as it seems.

Fuel Costs: Diesel vs. Electricity

Ford Diesel Transit: Diesel fuel prices can fluctuate significantly, impacting your operating expenses. It's also worth noting that diesel engines might require more frequent maintenance than their electric counterparts.

Ford E-Transit: Charging an electric vehicle is generally cheaper than filling up a diesel tank. Additionally, electricity prices tend to be more stable than diesel, making it easier to budget your fuel costs.

Maintenance: Engine vs. Battery

Ford Diesel Transit: Diesel engines have many moving parts that can wear out over time. This means you might face higher maintenance costs for things like oil changes, filter replacements, and potential engine repairs.

Ford E-Transit: Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than diesel engines, which translates to less wear and tear. While you'll still need routine maintenance, you can expect lower overall costs due to fewer repairs. Keep in mind that the battery is a major component, and its replacement cost can be significant if needed outside of the warranty period.

The Verdict: Which is Right for You?

Choosing between the Ford Diesel Transit and the E-Transit depends on your specific needs and budget. If you're looking for a lower initial investment and prioritize a longer driving range, the diesel Transit might be a good fit. However, if you're willing to pay more upfront for potential long-term savings on fuel and maintenance, along with the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, the E-Transit is worth serious consideration.

It's recommended to calculate the total cost of ownership for both vehicles over their expected lifespan to determine which is more cost-effective for your business.

Take a look at our comparison of a regular diesel Ford Transit van, with it's equivalent all-electric Ford E-Transit...

Transit Comparison

Myth. Busted. And it gets better...

We've calculated the total cost of ownership over 60-months, for both the diesel and electric Transit vans. 

The difference was over £20,000!

We've been supplying electric vehicles to local schools and colleges, and with the release of the mid-sized E-Transit Custom this year, and the small E-Transit Courier next year, we'll soon have an electric vehicle to suit every need.

Trowbridge Ford are your local experts on making the switch to electric, with advice on vehicles, charging, software and financing.

We also offer up to 72-hour test drives in the E-Transit, to really "try before you buy"!

For more information, pricing, or a free consultation, please contact the team:


📞  01225 756 490

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