Fleets could save £2.6bn by switching from diesel to electricity, says Go Ultra Low
Recent research from government-funded green transport campaign Go Ultra Low has found that Britain’s commercial vehicle fleet managers could collectively save up to £2.6 billion in fuel costs by operating ultra-low emission vans (those emitting less than 75g of CO2 per kilometre).
Working on the assumption that the UK’s vans travelled 20,000 miles a year, Go Ultra Low found that the UK’s fleets could save an average of £1,459 per vehicle on 1.8 million of the country’s 3.7 million vans.
The campaign said that electric vans like the Nissan e-NV200 were ‘perfectly suited’ to use as ‘back-to-base’ or short-haul vehicles and could ‘make so much sense’.
Hetal Shah, head of the Go Ultra Low campaign, said: “Ultra-low emission commercial vehicles make sense for operators large and small, particularly when you consider the massive fuel savings on offer and the opportunity to write off the cost of the vehicle. Add to the mix lower maintenance fees and tax rates, plus the potential for reduced whole-life running costs, and they really do make a compelling option.”
Go Ultra Low was also at pains to point out the other benefits of ultra-low emission vans, such as road tax and congestion charge exemption.