Whilst we’ve seen electric cars receive much publicity in the news, we’ve seen little on electric and low-carbon commercial vehicles. Vehicles like these could really help lower courier’s road tax and courier insurance payments.
It was announced by Andrew Adonis that four manufacturers would be supplying the UK with low-carbon and electric commercial vehicles: Ashwoods, Allied Vehicles, Modec and Smith Electric Vehicles.
Ashwoods have developed a hybrid van that can reduce co2 output by over 14%, whilst the three other manufacturers have created electric vans capable of demanding courier work.
Van emissions have actually been increasing since the 1990s, so it is important that firms do all they can to lower fuel emissions.
Electric and low-carbon vans are expensive to develop and manufacture on a small scale, Adonis hopes that this research phase will help provide real-life data that will prove the vehicles invaluable for a clean future.