White Van Man facing EXTINCTION as nine-in-ten say they won’t be driving traditional workmen's’ favourite in five years | The Sun

WHITE Van Man could become a thing of the past as nine-in-ten builders say they won’t be driving the traditional favourite in five years.

A study by Toolstation, out this week, revealed that that 89 per cent of builders either already had an e-van or would have one by 2027.

Using data from the Transport & Environment think tank, boffins found that 19 per cent of the UK’s white van drivers had switched to electric vans already.

On top of this, a whopping 70 per cent said they planned to ditch their scuffed-up white van for an e-van by 2027.

With an estimated 2.3million white van drivers in the UK, that works out at a whopping 2m driving electric vans in just five years, with just 300,000 sticking with a petrol or diesel van.

The study also found that builders don’t even prefer white-coloured vans anymore, with just 41 per cent now driving one.

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The remaining 59 per cent drive a range of different-coloured vans, with silver, grey, black, blue, red and green among the favourites.

The research found that 14 per cent have a silver van, 11 per cent a grey van, 10 per cent a black van, 9 per cent a blue one, and 4 per cent a red one.

Other colours, all with between 0.5 per cent – 2 per cent, included green, orange, gold, and brown.

Self-employed carpenter, Bryan Alexander, 56, of Edinburgh, said he loved his £60k Fiat E-Ducato.

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He said: “It’s such a lovely van to drive that I prefer it to my car.

“I don’t just use it for work, but also for taking the kids to school or to the seaside.”

A spokesman for Toolstation said this week: “Nearly nine in ten builders/white van drivers surveyed by think tank Transport & Environment confirmed they either already own an e-van or will be buying one in the next five years.”

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“Last year, some 12,759 electric vans entered Britain's roads, and that is expected to soar in the next five years as workers go green.”

He added: “Electric vehicles offer a lot of benefits for tradespeople. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also exempt from the congestion charge and ULEZ and grants are available too.”

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