Easihire is a family-run firm that’s been in the car and van rental business for more than 30 years. The company is based in Wigan, but also has branches in the following locations in north-west England and Scotland:
Hire Me Swansea is the latest branch to be opened by the Hire Me car and van rental business based in Merthyr Tydfil. This family-run independent business was founded in 2007 and now operates more than 100 vehicles.
The company’s Swansea hire location is situated just off the A483 Fabian Way, well situated for the city centre, waterfront, Port Tennant, and Swansea University areas.
The Hire Me team pride themselves on providing a professional and friendly hire service that’s available 365 days per year — including Christmas. A 0% deposit service is available on bookings so that you can hire without this outlay.
The company’s van fleet includes the following types of vehicle:
Small vans (e.g. Ford Transit Connect)
Medium wheelbase vans (e.g. Ford Transit Custom)
Long wheelbase vans (e.g. Ford Transit LWB, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter)
Luton 3.5t box vans
Hire Me Swansea is based at Port Tennant, on the eastern side of Swansea:
Auto Hire Centre is an independent, family-run business offering a range of vans for hire to personal and corporate customers. All vans are under five years old and are fully serviced and sanitised before hire.
The company’s van fleet includes suitable vehicles for most requirements:
Small vans (e.g. Ford Transit Courier)
Medium vans (e.g. Ford Transit Custom)
Large vans (e.g. Ford Transit LWB)
Luton vans (box vans for small removals, etc)
Vans can be made available for long-term hire. Auto Hire also offers a range of cars.
Auto Hire Centre is based at Spring Farm in Minshull Vernon, on the edge of Crewe:
A recent survey by van manufacturer Fiat found that 35% of van drivers are would consider an electric van for their next model. Given this, surely it’s about time that van rental companies started to offer electric van hire?
With a few notable exceptions, electric hire vehicles are few and far between. When they are available, they’re usually cars, not vans. I’ve searched through the websites of all the main van hire companies and as far as I can tell, none of them offer electric vans.
The traditional objections to electric vans are that they’re:
only suitable for very local use due to limited range
too expensive to buy
too inconvenient to charge
have uncertain resale values
Of course, there’s some truth in these comments. But more charging points are being added every day and many electric vans now offer real-world range of 120 miles or more. The latest Citroën e-Berlingo small van (also sold as the Vauxhall Combo-e) has an official range of up to 171 miles. I guess that will be a bit lower in actual use, but it should still be plenty for many van drivers.
To be fair, I did find one van hire company in my search that does offer electric vans. Kudos to Yorkshire/Lincolnshire firm TJS Self Drive, which has some small electric vans for hire. TJS rightly make the point that 70% of small vans travel less than 70 miles a day. That’s well within the range of most current electric van models.
If van hire companies are lagging behind in adopting electric models, big corporate fleet operators are showing more interest. One example is television group Sky, which recently took delivery of 11 Renault Kangoo Z.E. electric vans. These will be based in London, Southampton and Scotland and will be used to help Sky work out how it can convert its wider commercial fleet to electric power in order to meet its corporate target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
It’s early days for electric van hire, but as we’ve been saying for years here at vanrental.co.uk, electric vans are very well suited to some types of van use. Many companies operate vans in urban areas, with limited mileage or fixed routes. Electric power makes increasing sense and helps companies to meet their environmental responsibilities. We’d urge van hire companies to show leadership in this area by making electric vans available as widely as possible.