Van Storage Units | System Edstrom

Van storage unit: The key to a mobile workplace for craftspeople

With a high-quality van storage unit, you not only look more professional, you also get a safer working environment for you and your tools. System Edström offers the market’s most flexible van storage solutions so that your van interior can be adapted to your needs.

Inspiration for storage units for vans

Quality storage units for vans make for an effective, professional mobile workplace. But knowing which van storage unit is best suited for you and your work can be tricky. That’s why System Edström has a team of in-house experts and authorised dealers, who are always on hand to give you great advice.

Your van storage should be adapted specifically to your profession and needs. Below you’ll find a few ideas to get you started, with suggestions of effective solutions for different vans and professions.

Smaller van

It’s important to utilise all the available space in a smaller van. One smart solution is to take advantage of the floor space. You can maximise the space and easily store larger tools to give you a well organised van. Mounting a double floor above the existing floor gives you extra storage space, while you can install other storage units for vans on top.

Larger van

A larger van gives you more options for your van storage unit. If you need to work in the van, you should invest in van racking that gives you a large workspace, such as a double floor. You can also install an internal ladder rack. These are safer than roof-mounted racks and also help extend the lifetime of the ladder.

Carpenter

Create the ultimate storage for your van together with System Edström. The following interior is suitable for carpenters:

  • Rubber mats: Protect your tools and van interiors from damage while driving.
  • Lighting: With extra lighting you’re not limited to working in daylight and can work safely all year round.
  • Internal ladder rack: Hanging the ladder in the ceiling gives extra space for other tools.

Plumber

Your van storage unit should focus on keeping pipes and tubes safe, while maximising the workspace.

  • Tube boxes: These keep your pipes in order and keep them safe from damage while driving.
  • Vice bench: If you often need to cut copper pipes or other tubes, a vice bench is a good investment.
  • Plastic boxes: You can easily keep track of your stock with transparent plastic boxes.

Electrician

With so many different cables and components to store, electricians need an organised van that allows for easy access and visibility of stock.

  • Plastic boxes: These are a good investment for an electrician. Transparent boxes give you good visibility of stock.
  • Cable shelf: These also give good visibility and save space in the rest of the van.

To get an idea of what your van could look like, you can use our digital design tool or contact one of System Edström’s authorised dealers.

System Edström: Van racking for all needs

We offer van racking for all makes and models of van. With customisable equipment, you can combine different parts to create the ultimate interior for your van. You can also transfer our racking into a new van, saving you money in future.

Products from System Edström are crash-tested at RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) to ensure maximum safety.

Internal Ladder Rack for Vans | System Edstrom

Roof-mounted vs. Internal ladder rack for vans

Electricians, plumbers and carpenters all have certain tools that always need to be in their van. These include ladders. So, what is the best, most effective and safest way to transport and store a ladder in a van?

There are a number of options. Some people prefer roof-mounted ladder racks, while others prefer an internal ladder rack for vans. Both types of van ladder storage have advantages and disadvantages.

The best solution for your fleet depends on a number of factors, such as the length of the ladder. If you need help to determine what type of van ladder storage is ideal for you and your fleet, contact System Edström or one of our resellers for advice.

For the moment, we only offer internal ladder racks for vans. However, we review our products continually, so keep an eye on our new products page.

Roof-mounted ladder racks

If you and your technicians use ladders longer than 40 feet for work, a roof-mounted ladder rack is usually your only option. A ladder that long just won’t fit into the cargo space of a normal-sized van.

Pros and cons of roof-mounted ladder racks:

Advantages:

  • Makes it possible to bring your own ladder to not have to rent other equipment to be able to reach high places.
  • Encourages proper storing of the ladders to free up space within the van.

Disadvantages:

  • Roof-mounted ladder holders effectively raise the height of the van. This could hinder it when entering certain places, such as parking garages or drive-throughs with low roofs.
  • An increase in ‘hidden’ costs. For example, a roof-mounted ladder rack increases wind resistance, which can affect fuel economy.
  • Could negatively affect productivity as the ladder may need to be cleaned and dried after it has rained or snowed, before entering the premises.
  • Lower life expectancy and compromised safety as the ladder is not sheltered from adverse weather conditions.
  • Increase risk of theft as the ladder is in plain sight.
  • More severe consequences if the ladder falls off as it can damage your own van and surrounding vehicles.

Internal ladder racks

If you are concerned about the cons of roof-mounted van ladder storage, then consider an internal ladder rack for vans. These offer different advantages and disadvantages to roof-mounted ladder racks.

Pros and cons of internal ladder racks:

Advantages:

  • No extra height added.
  • Does not generate any additional wind resistance.
  • Often cheaper than roof-mounted van holders.
  • Always clean and with a longer life expectancy, as they are stored inside.
  • Reduced risk of getting stolen as they are hidden within the van.
  • Less severe consequences if the ladder falls off the racking.
  • Frees up cargo space and floor.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited space for longer ladders.

Internal ladder rack for vans from System Edström

When choosing van racking for your van fleet, it’s important to choose racking that allows you and your co-workers to work more efficiently and safely. When choosing between a roof-mounted ladder rack and internal van storage, there are three factors to keep in mind: storage capacity requirements, safety implications and productivity.

If you’re unsure which solution is best for you and your van fleet, contact us or one of our resellers. Aside from our internal ladder racks, we offer a wide range of van racking and accessories for some of the largest van manufacturers including Ford, Vauxhall, Fiat and more.

 

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Design van racking with System Edstrom ー three tips

Design your own van racking with System Edström and create your perfect mobile workspace. We help you create a workspace tailored for your occupation, maximising your van’s cargo space to streamline your daily work.

To think about before you design your van racking

To design van racking successfully, there are a few things to consider:

What things do you do in your van every day?
Which tools, equipment and items do you use in your workday
How much space do you think these items need?
How much space do you currently have and how much do you actually need/want?

Build your own or design with us?

Not sure whether to design and build your van racking from scratch or design van racking for your vehicle using System Edström’s ready-made products? Both offer advantages and disadvantages.

With System Edström’s ready-made van racking you can pick and choose from a wide range of van racking and accessories. These allow you to create the perfect mobile workplace according to your needs. Our van racking is both versatile and backwards compatible. This means you can complement your current setup with additional van racking in future if necessary. It’s also no problem to transfer your racking to a new van.

If you design and build van racking from scratch, you’ll need to make some compromises in safety and functionality. There’s also no guarantee the van interior will last as long as you need it. When designing van racking with System Edstrom, you are guaranteed a safe racking system. All our van racking is crash-tested at RISE (Research Institute of Sweden AB) in accordance with the standard INRS NS 286, which applies to van racking. We also perform other tests at different institutes to test its resilience and performance, such as shake tests to simulate several years of use on the road.

Three tips to get the design you want and the van racking to last

Use our van online configurator. This allows you to get a realistic picture of what the end-result of the van interior will look like.
Print the interior design proposal you created using the van online configurator and think about it overnight to avoid making rash decisions.
Hire an authorized dealer to install the van racking. This gives you a five-year warranty on both the van interior and the fittings.

Four problems van racking can fix

Before reading this section, take a moment to answer the three questions at the beginning of the article. After doing so, compare your answers with the pointers below. If you experience the same or similar problems, here are some suggestions on how you can design van racking with System Edström to solve them:

Problem: You lack space and are not fully utilising the current available space.
Solution: Choose a double floor with long drawers to store equipment underneath the floor. Install an internal ladder holder to prevent it from cluttering the floor space and enable easy access to the ladder. Install pegboards and tool holders to store plenty of tools with increased ease of access.

Problem: You use many different tools and items during the day and need a safe place to store them.
Solution: Install pegboards to get an overview of the tools and to keep the equipment in place during transport. Mount shelves with high sides and buy rubber mats to protect the tools during transportation. Drop-front van storage shelves make it easy to get hold of plastic trays or cartons with items without the risk of dropping them.

Problem: You need to be able to perform operations such as sanding or assembling in the van.
Solution: Choose a workbench and supplement it with a vice. Installing an extendable vice holder/bench to go with the vice is another option.

Problem: You want to be able to easily access tools from outside the van.
Solution: Mount a sliding drawer and shelf frame to make it possible to pull out shelves and drawers outside the cargo hold.

Design your own van racking tailored for your needs with System Edström. Use our van online configurator or contact one of our approved dealers for support.

Ford Interior Accessories | System Edström

Five smart Ford interior accessories

Courier, Connect, or Custom ー whichever you choose, we have the van racking and accessories that make your working day easier. Here are tips on five smart Ford interior accessories you do not want to be left without.

Ford manufactured its first van as early as 1905 in the United States. Today they are a world leader when it comes to providing vans for craftsmen. One of the reasons a Ford van is the obvious choice is their generous cargo space. The challenge for a van is to be as small as possible to go everywhere, while the interior and cargo space need to be as spacious as possible to provide a place to work and store cargo; a challenge that Ford has undoubtedly solved. Courier, the smallest model, offers 10% more cargo space than other vans in the same class. 

An optimal mobile workplace in the making 

Creating the optimal place to work doesn’t only require the best van. To make your Ford the mobile workplace your service van needs to be, you also need to equip it with space-efficient van racking and smart accessories. Here are some tips on Ford interior accessories to make the workday both safer and easier.

Five practical Ford interior accessories for your service car:

  1. Bench vice for easy holding of materials when working with them. To further simplify the workday, invest in a vice holder to keep in your van.
  2. Gas bottle holder for easy safe-keeping of LPG, oxygen, acetylene, or refrigerant bottles. The holders are adjustable for the best fit.
  3. Internal ladder holder that allows you to use the cargo space to the maximum, keeps the ladder free from unnecessary wear, and reduces the risk of theft compared to storing the ladder on the roof.
  4. Plastic bins with dividers and transparent lids make it possible to maintain order and quickly find all the small parts needed.
  5. Power supply to be able to charge battery-powered tools in the car, use more powerful power tools, or get heat up lunch in the microwave.

Are you interested in our other Ford interior accessories? Our range includes everything from lighting to EasyLoad, air suspension and double floor. We also have various accessory packages that include hooks, cable racks or pegboard baskets.

Reasons to buy Ford accessories from System Edström

System Edström has more than six decades’ experience in the van racking industry. From the start, we have designed, produced and developed our own products. After all these years, we know what our customers want and how to solve their problems in the most efficient and secure way.

Five other reasons to buy Ford interior accessories and van racking from us:

  1. All van racking and accessories are crash tested. In recent years, we have crash-tested the interior at RISE, Research Institute of Sweden AB, and passed the tests with flying colours.
  2. All accessories for Ford are 100% recyclable, which means they can be used with a clear conscience.
  3. We provide a five-year guarantee on van racking and assembly if your system is fitted by one of our retailers. If you assemble the van racking yourself, we give you a three-year guarantee on the racking.
  4. All van racking and all accessories are backward-compatible, which makes it easy to supplement older van racking with new products.
  5. System Edström is a Ford accredited Qualified Vehicle Modifier, meaning we are trusted by Ford to deliver the highest standard of conversions to all their vehicles.

Make your Ford the mobile workplace your service van needs to be 

Want to buy clever accessories to make the Ford the mobile workplace your service van needs to be? Contact us to find your closest approved dealer.

Van shelving Systems | System Edström

Reasons to buy crash-tested shelving for vans

A van spends many hours on the road, all year round, so the safety of both driver and equipment is a top priority. In this blog, we will explain why you should always choose crash-tested shelving for vans and other interior products for transport vehicles.

The road ー a risky place to work

Spending a lot of time behind the wheel increases the likelihood of being in a traffic accident. Every year, around 20-50 million people are injured in road traffic crashes worldwide. Craftsmen spend many hours on the road, often with heavy loads and equipment in the van.

System Edström has more than 60 years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and selling van interiors. For us, safety is a key issue. We have chosen to crash-test our van interiors, including our shelving for vans, even though this isn’t a legal requirement. 

Vehicle shelving systems play an important role in making the mobile workplace as spacious as possible. In the event of a collision, even at low speeds, the shelves and everything placed on them risk causing serious damage to both driver and interior.

Three reasons for choosing crash-tested shelving for vans

  • Provides a safer work environment
  • Reduces the risk of damage to loads, materials, and equipment
  • Reduces the risk of damage to the van’s interior

As a seller of van shelving kits, we have a responsibility to ensure that our systems are safe. The van interior is not just functional storage, it is a safety feature of the van in itself. System Edström tests according to crash test standard NS286 to ensure that all our vehicle shelving systems make the working day as safe as possible. 

How System Edström’s vehicle shelving systems are tested

For our latest crash tests, we have chosen to test our van shelving kits and systems at RISEー Research Institutes of Sweden. RISE has collaboration programs with industry, the public sector and academia around the world. 

The test procedure for shelving for vans takes place on a crash sled, in exactly the same way it would be installed in a vehicle.

  1. The shelf is loaded with accurately calculated ballast weights that are cut to 80 % of the storage unit.
  2. The crash sled is then transported into a concrete wall at 31 MPH. The g-force is about 25G at this time.
  3. The interior is subjected to a second blow from behind, fractions of a second after the initial impact, just the way it would occur in a car crash. 
  4. The result of the crash-test is analysed.

For the products to be approved, the interior must only move within a certain specified dimension, and no loads or parts may fly off the shelves. 

How System Edström ensures secure van shelving kits

Our years of experience and results from our crash tests have given us knowledge of how shelving for vans should be designed to be as safe as possible ー both in the event of a crash and in user experience. Therefore, our shelves have 65 mm high barriers around the sides to ensure that your equipment remains in place. The upper shelf has a 180-degree overlap for extra stability.

If you would like to install our crash-tested shelving for vans in a single van or in a whole fleet, contact one of our approved dealers.

[Guide] Choosing the right van equipment for your vehicle fleet

You have probably seen your fair share of cargo holds where it looks like a bomb went off. Can you imagine the impression it instils in a customer? Plus, it is neither a fun nor safe environment to work in. Do not let this be your vehicle fleet, choose the right van equipment and van supplies for your vans.

Imagine yourself in a perfectly organised van where each tool, material and component have its own place and there is plenty of room to work. The challenge is to know what van accessories, equipment, and furnishings are right for you and your vans to create the ideal workspace.

An introduction to van accessories and equipment

One of the primary reasons businesses choose vans over trucks is how easy it is to create a tailored, mobile workplace that protects your employees’ tools and equipment and allows them to work efficiently when out in the field. Van equipment and supplies can be adapted in countless ways for specific industries and professions, from plumbers to electricians and many more, as well as the worker’s personal wishes and needs.

There is a huge range of van equipment and van accessories to choose from no matter what industry you and your vehicle fleet are in. But the question is: what do you need?

Essential equipment and supplies for vans

Does it take a long time for your employees to get started? Do they struggle to find the right tools in a reasonable amount of time? Or has the inside of the cargo space been damaged by loose tools and materials?

What type of van accessories and van equipment a person needs depends partly on their profession, but also their personal needs and how they like to work. The ideal setup of van equipment and van supplies is ultimately a tailor-made solution adapted to the individual person’s needs, requirements and wishes.

However, there are a couple of standard accessories and equipment that provide benefits and features for all professions, personalities, and types of vans.

1. Lighting

Good lighting is of great importance when the transport vehicle acts as a mobile workplace. It is a prerequisite for being able to work safely and efficiently regardless of the time of day.

2. Safety equipment

Fire extinguishers, first aid kits, lashing brackets, nylon straps, and rubber stretchers are all important equipment used to make the van a safe place to work.

3. Power supply

Charge battery-powered tools, run larger power tools, charge your mobile phone, or maybe even heat your lunch in a microwave? Power supply comes in handy for most mobile workplaces.

4. Furnishings for shelves and drawers

Plastic trays, compartments, removable cassette drawers. Shelves and drawers can be adapted in countless ways with the help of various van equipment to create a configuration adapted to each individual’s needs and wishes.

5. Tool holder

Hooks, holders, hose/cord holders and clamp fixes are a must have, creating a place to hang various tools, materials as well as clothes to free up floor space and ensure that the most important tools are always close at hand.

Choose the right equipment and supplies for your vehicle fleet with System Edström

It is not just the van racking that makes the transport van more flexible, safe and efficient. And this is just a taste of the van equipment and van supplies you can equip a van with. Accessories for transport vans are of great importance in the total solution that our dealers are more than happy to help you with while you look at van interiors.

Contact System Edström or one of our dealers today for help choosing the right van equipment and van supplies for you and your employees’ vans to turn them into efficient and safe mobile workplaces.

 

air suspension for van | System Edstrom

Why your van should have air suspension

Your van is probably one of your most important tools. That’s why it’s so important that it is comfortable and makes your work easier. Air suspension provides those advantages. In this blog, we’ll cover the subject of air suspension for vans: what it is, why you should upgrade your van with air suspension, and what kind of air suspension we offer. 

What is air suspension?

Air suspension is a type of suspension system that uses compressed air. The system contains air spring bellows, which are filled with air from either an on-board compressor powered by the van’s engine, or from a compressor you can usually find at petrol stations. A control valve is used to control the pressure of the air spring bellows, based on the weight of the van. The air is then transferred from the compressor to the control valve and the bellows by tubes and pipes. Depending on the design, there can be a control valve centrally monitoring the tyres, one for each wheel, or one for each axle. 

Bear in mind that air suspension does not replace the suspension already installed in your van – it complements the existing suspension system. The air suspension will not affect the general suspension in any negative way, nor will it increase the maximum load. 

Five reasons to upgrade

So, why should you upgrade your van with air suspension? There are lots of benefits for vans, pick-up trucks, motorhomes, and lorries equipped with extra air suspension. Here are five::

  1. A van with air suspension offers a much more comfortable driving experience. The suspension ensures your van stays at the same height no matter how heavy the cargo is.
  2. The suspension stabilises the van on the road and improves traction, which increases safety.
  3. The extra suspension provides fuel economy benefits by enabling you to lower the van when driving at high speeds. 
  4. Air suspension makes loading and unloading easier since you can both raise and lower the van. 
  5. Air suspension reduces the likelihood of your van getting stuck off-road or damaging the underbody from uneven or rough terrain and roads.

Equip your van for a more comfortable day on the road 

If you want to feel the difference with air suspension, we recommend equipping your van with an air suspension kit from MAD. If you choose a kit with an associated compressor, you will be able to adjust the suspension at your convenience from the passenger compartment. 

System Edström has installed van racking systems since 1958. Everything we do is based on experience, including our choice of complementary products and accessories. We have chosen to include MAD’s air suspension kits for vans in our assortment as we believe they are the best option on the market. 

Three air suspension kits from MAD’s offered by System Edström

  1. Double air cushion. Fully adjustable, dual chambers enable comfortable and safe driving in all conditions. For vans, larger trucks, and motorhomes.
  2. Black air suspension. Air cushions make the van more stable, comfortable and improve road traction when the van is heavily loaded or when towbars are used. For vans and pick-ups.
  3. Red air suspension. Suspension makes it easy to adjust the air pressure according to all circumstances. For smaller vehicles. 

If you want to increase the comfort and road traction, get your van air suspension from System Edström. You will find a wide range of van racking and complementary products through our dealer network

Van configurator – A convenient way to design the future mobile workplace

Choosing the van racking for a van is a complex process regardless if you’re designing your own van or ordering van racking for a vehicle fleet. Using System Edströms van configurator, you can design your own van racking within a digital 3D environment where you can see the van racking before you order it. It allows you to test and tweak different van racking setups to see what fits your needs the best. In this article, we’ll explore the functionality of our van configurator and how it can support you in designing van racking for a mobile workplace.

What is a van configurator?

A van configurator is a tool used to test and design van racking in a digital environment. The configurator allows you to observe the cargo space and van racking from different angles to make it easier to design the cargo space according to your needs. It also gives a good overview of details such as how much the van racking weights, how much it will cost, and the measurements of how high, wide, and deep the products are to make it easier to design the van racking according to the specifications of the van.

How can it help you choose the right van racking?

With the possibility to customise your van in a digital 3D environment, you can test different configurations and see which one matches your needs and wishes the best. We offer van racking for some of the market’s biggest car brands including Ford, Citroën, Iveco, Mercedes, Toyota, and many more. Designing your own van racking in our user-friendly van configurator, you’ll save both time and money, regardless if you’re supposed to furnish 1 or 50 vans.

Pick and choose in a wide assortment of van racking

Using System Edströms van configurator, it’s easy to see how the cargo space in a van will look like if you for example want to add a fake floor, add drawers, add another worktop, or install shelves. 

Four useful functionalities with our van configurator

  • 3D overview. See the van and van racking from different angles as it will look like in real life.
  • Measurement tool. See measurements for different components and products and take measurements yourself from point A to point B to learn how much you can fit in the cargo space.
  • Lock configuration. Lock a design you’re satisfied with to prevent elements from moving around.
  • Save as a PDF. Save your van racking configuration as a PDF to show it to one of System Edströms dealers.

When you’re satisfied with a configuration, it’s time to order it. The most convenient way to do this is to send a quotation request to us at System Edströms or one of our dealers near you. When you design your own van with the help of our dealers, you receive a 5-year warranty on both the van racking and the installation. If you choose to install it yourself, you still receive a 3-year warranty on the van racking.

Customise your own van racking using our van configurator today. 

7 exercises you can do at home to prevent work injuries

7 exercises you can do at home to prevent work injuries

Injuries and pain in the back, neck and arms are very common among craftsmen. Most craftsmen have a pretty varied job, but there are also plenty of repetitive elements that create stress, and there are also often plenty of stressful work positions. It is always better and more effective to prevent injuries instead of treating them, and this type of work injuries is prevented primarily through exercise.

If you want to get a gym membership and work out at the gym, you can of course do so. At the gym you often are able to get help finding the best exercises for you. However, it is very easy to work out at home, without any special equipment.

Here are seven great exercises from Nordhaus that you easily can do at home (or on your lunch break) to strengthen your body and counteract work related injuries. The Work Environment Authority recommends 2,5 hours of moderate physical activity a week, so you can for example work out 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

Exercise 1 – Shoulder mobility

10 reps, 2 sets

“Stand with both feet on the ground. Grab a long stick (a broom or similar) with a reasonable distance between your hands. With straight arms, lift the stick over your head and widen the grip and slide the stick back as far down towards the back as you can. Challenge yourself with a narrower grip as your mobility improves.”

Exercise 2 – Back lifts

10 reps, 3 sets

“Lie down on your stomach and place your hands against the back of your head so that your elbows point outwards. Tighten your buttocks and torso and lift your upper body with your toes still on the ground. Relax your neck and keep your eyes fixed on the ground throughout the exercise.”

Exercise 3 – Mountain climbers

10 reps per leg, 2 sets

“Stand in a push up position with a tense core and arms. Lift the right foot and bring the knee towards the chest and then extend the leg again to the starting position. Repeat with your right leg.”

Exercise 4 – Squat

10 reps per leg, 2 sets

“Stand with your feet as wide as your shoulders and with your knees slightly bent and your toes slightly outwards. Bend your knees at a 90 degree angle without lifting your feet. Then get up to the starting position. Remember to always keep your back straight and use a chair if it becomes too difficult. If you want to make the exercise heavier, you can put on a backpack filled with books or water bottles.”

Exercise 5 – Pelvic raises

10 reps, 3 sets

“Lie on your back with the soles of your feet on the ground and your knees bent. Place your arms along the side of your body. Tighten your buttocks and push your hips up as high as you can. Press your heels and shoulders against the ground when lifting. Hold the upper position for about one second before lowering again.”

Exercise 6 – The plank

15-30 seconds, 3 sets

“Stand like a plank with your elbows and toes in the ground. Tighten the torso so that the body stays straight and do not let the hips sink to the ground. Also remember not to sway too much.”

Exercise 7 – Lunges

10 reps per leg, 3 sets

“Stand with your feet as wide as your shoulders and with your hands on your head or along the sides. Take a long step forward with one leg and sink down until your back knee almost touches the ground. Keep your eyes forward and your torso upright. Then push away with the front leg so that you reach the original position to take the next step with the other leg.”

Pros and cons with electric van for craftsmen

Pros and cons with an electric van for craftsmen

The interest in electric van has increased significantly in recent years, partly due to an increased environmental awareness among the public and partly due to the fact that the range, price and performance of electric vans have improved quite significantly. It is now both practically and financially defensible for a lot of us to get an electric van, but what is it like for craftsmen?

Environmental friendly

One should not underestimate the fact that the biggest advantage of having an electric van instead of a traditional van, is the environmental benefits. It can ease your own environmental conscience as well as it is something that is becoming more and more important for your customers. A lot of customers prefer to hire companies that they know are taking responsibility for the environment, so by getting an electric van you get an advantage over your competitors who still run on petrol or diesel. However, there are still not many of us who want bragging rights from customers over practical and economic possibilities. So how reasonable is it really for you as a craftsman to get an electric van?

Is an electric van a good idea for you?

In short, it can be said that if you primarily move in an urban environment and have the opportunity to charge the van at home – either by installing a charging box in your garage or in the driveway, or if you apartment complex has its own charging stations – it can make both practical and economical sense for you to get an electric van.

Depending on which model you have, you can count on a range of 100 km for some electric vans and 200 km for others. So before you start thinking about which model is best for you, it is a good idea to keep a log on how far you drive every day.

A lot of models also have fast charging which allows you to charge the battery up to 80% in under an hour, so if you know that there are lunch or coffee places around your work that offer fast charging, that is also worth taking into consideration.

Economic aspects

What about the economy? Electric vans are normally slightly more expensive than the corresponding traditional alternative, but they are definitely cheaper to both own and drive. Electricity as fuel is much cheaper than petrol and diesel, electric vans require significantly less maintenance because of the electric motor that has fewer moving parts that can break, and you also get an environmental bonus of up to £7 000 when buying an electric van. Also the vehicle tax is much lower…

Pros and cons

All in all, it can be said that the pros and cons of having an electric van as a craftsman is:

Cons:

  • You need to make sure that you have places to charge the van
  • You can not drive more than 100-200 km between charges, depending on the model
  • More expensive to buy

Pros:

  • Better for the environment (which a lot of customers appreciate)
  • Lower operating costs and taxes
  • Needs less maintenance and service
  • Is allowed in environmental zones in cities
  • Less noise
  • Fast acceleration

Which electric van should you get?

This is a selection of suitable options for the craftsmen who wants to get an electric van:

  • Renault Kangoo Z.E
  • Nissan e-NV200
  • Opel Vivaro-e
  • Mercedes eVito
  • Volkswagen e-Caddy
  • Volkswagen e-Crafter
  • Volkswagen e-Transporter

All of these are excellent options for all types of craftsmen with different strengths and weaknesses. All of them are also compatible with System Edström’s van racking.