Green delivery vehicles ‘could replace’ conventionally-fuelled vans

10.40 | 30 July 2018 | | | 3 comments

Electric cargo bikes, vans, quadricycles and micro vehicles could replace vans in UK cities, as part of new Government plans to ‘transform last-mile deliveries’.

Announced today (30 July), the plans form part of wider Government efforts to reduce emissions and congestion across the country.

The plans are outlined in two new ‘calls for evidence’ – the Last Mile and Future of mobility  – which ‘offer a glimpse into how technology could transform transport, making it safer, more accessible and greener than ever’.

The ‘Last Mile’ will explore how electrically powered e-vans, micro vehicles and e-cargo bikes can provide better service to customers for cargo in comparison to light commercial vehicles

The ‘Future of mobility’ seeks views and evidence from ‘all those with an interest in how we get around’ – asking how the Government can best support innovation across the country.

The documents form part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which aims to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make travel safer, improve accessibility and create ‘enormous economic opportunities’ for the UK.

The Government has also confirmed more than £12m of funding for six projects working on simulation and modelling to aid the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Jesse Norman, transport minister, said: “The UK has a long and proud history of leading the world in transport innovation and our Future of Mobility Grand Challenge is designed to ensure this continues.

“We are on the cusp of an exciting and profound change in how people, goods and services move around the country which is set to be driven by extraordinary innovation.

“This could bring significant benefits to people right across the country and presents enormous economic opportunities for the UK, with autonomous vehicles sales set to be worth up to £52bn by 2035.

“Our Last Mile and Future of Mobility calls for evidence mark just one stage in our push to make the most of these inviting opportunities.”



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    I am aware that our local Council use electric small vans for delivering community meals. This involves lots of start-stop short journeys in town. I am told that apart from being ‘green’ vehicles, the drivers like them and wouldn’t want to go back to conventional petrol or diesel fueled vehicles. Lower maintenance costs as well. Seems everyone is happy with the electric vans for this application.

    Pat, Wales
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    To add to M Worthington’s comment ; HGV have an additional deleterious effect on streets as corners have to be flared to allow such big vehicles to get round. This allows smaller vehicles to take the corners faster and gives pedestrians further to cross.

    Paul Luton, Teddington
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    Seems like a good idea. We have large articulated HGV.s supplying our local Tesco stores so I can only presume that its happening nationwide. They can do about 4 miles to the gallon and are extremely heavy and could be the reason why so many of our urban roads and local streets are being damaged.

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