IF you are thinking about how to plug into a low emission or zero emission van, then here’s an excellent booklet to guide you through the process.
Produced by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Cenex – specialist bodies helping the transition to lower carbon transport – the guide provides an easy step by step to the process.
Called The Low Emission Van Guide, it was launched at the CV Show 2019.
The booklet is intended for van buyers, fleet managers and procurement leaders.
It provides an overview of low emission vans, the alternative fuels and technologies that can be used as well as providing advice on fleet management best practice.
The fleet advice is timely: with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone already in operation, plus Clean Air Zones for Birmingham and Leeds, van operators in these metropolitan areas will welcome the advice.
Plus there has been a change in the driver licence, allowing a Category B licence to drive an Alternative Fuel Vans up to 4.24 tonnes. See Van licence limit changed to 4.25 tonnes for Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles.
The Low Emission Van Guide takes you through seven Topic Sheets covering:
Battery Electric Vans
Plug-in Hybrid and Extended Range Electric Vehicles
Liquefied Petroleum Gas and BioLPG
Compressed Natural Gas and Biomethane
High Blend Biodiesel
Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Dual Fuel
There are pros and cons, plus environmental impact assessments, along with case studies. Plus best practice advice and where to go for further information, the booklet is hugely informative.
“Van use is one of the most important and complex road transport sectors. It’s been growing rapidly and represents a major source of the polluting emissions which we urgently need to tackle from both air quality and climate change perspectives,” said the LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake.
“Government has committed to all new vans in 2040 being effectively zero emissions, so we need to move now if we’re going to get fast enough down that Road to Zero.”
Cenex’s Head of Transport, Steve Carroll, added: “With van ownership cycles being anywhere up to eight years, it’s essential that fleets now start to investigate, trial and understand how to successfully implement lower emission vehicle technology options so they can form part of a future-proof fleet replacement strategy.”
Meanwhile, Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, pointed out that:
“The next few years will bring an increasingly wide range of low and zero-emission van models, which will be available to buy outright, lease or rent by the year, month, week, day or hour. Van users will have a lot of options and this guide will help them make the right decision.”