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Hot-selling hybrid vans generating strong bidding demand, claim Manheim

By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 09:00

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DEMAND: Manheim hail auctioned hybrids

Hybrid vans are achieving significant premiums over their standard cousins, judging by one recent Manheim commercial vehicle auction.

Two used Ashwoods hybrid Transits sold for more than 125% of CAP average at a Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicles auction at Manheim Haydock.

Fought over both in the hall and online, by franchise and non-franchise buyers alike, the two vans were 10/10 plate Ford Transit 330 115PS SWD low roof panel vans.

They were fitted with Ashwoods range-extending technology.

A silver 17,000mile example sold for 131% of CAP average – an additional £2,250 – while the second, finished in white with 29,000miles, sold for 125% of CAP average – an additional £1,775.

James Davis, Director of Commercial Vehicles at Manheim, said: “There is no doubt electric and hybrid vans are still very rare in the wholesale van market.

“With the laws of supply and demand playing out I believe that canny dealers are now looking to stock something entirely different to draw in new buyers.

“In a nutshell, the technology fitted on these two vans re-utilises braking energy to extend vehicle range.

“This offers used operators the best of both worlds, as they gain confidence from the proven diesel technology without the perceived risks, and outlay, of a used electric van which comes with allied considerations of payload, battery life, range and charging point availability.”

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