LowCVP launches Low Emission Van Guide

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has launched a Low Emission Van Guide and associated web tool for operators interested in reducing running costs while also cutting their emissions and impact on local air quality. The Guide is introduced alongside a related new report from Greenpeace which focuses on cutting emissions from corporate fleets.

The van market is the fastest growing sector of UK road transport with vehicle numbers increasing at 3.5% per year and with more than 10% of the vehicles and 14% of the CO2 coming from this sector. The sector is almost entirely (96%) diesel-powered and almost 50% of the vehicles are owned by companies.

The Guide which is aimed at operators of small to medium sized fleets of commercial vehicles, covering vans up to 3.5t GVW:

Sets out the business, environmental and operational case for using low emission vans
Gives van operators the knowledge and resources required to assess which vans are right for them
Provides case studies showing the total cost of ownership and cost savings achievable from different types of low emission fuels and technologies

The Guide shows that in one example, operators using battery electric vans could reduce the whole life costs of a vehicle operating in the London Congestion Charge zone by £18,340, or £5,215 outside London.

This Guide is intended to assist operators in choosing the most suitable low emission van technology or fuel for the type of work they need to do. The Guide covers electric, plug-in hybrid, LPG, CNG and biodiesel.

The LowCVP’s LEV Guide is introduced at the same time as Greenpeace launches a new study which provides a comprehensive overview of how corporate fleets contribute to global oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and how that impact can be reduced.

Gloria Esposito, LowCVP Head of Projects, said: "Vans can be significant contributors to damaging emissions, particularly in cities. This Guide fills an information gap, giving operators the tools they need to cut costs and emissions, as well as the chance to clean or polish up their image."


Peter Thomas

Author:Peter Thomas
Date Updated:10th Jun 2015

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