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Electric van 12-volt battery sudden draining - Warning

29 Feb 2024

Fleet managers are being warned that the 12-volt battery on their electric vans may unexpectedly go flat, leaving them unable to start the vehicle and having to pay hundreds of pounds for a breakdown call-out and, potentially, a replacement battery.

The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) says that fleets are reporting they have experienced battery drain across a number of key electric vans. In some cases, the battery died even when tethered to a charge point.

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