Research by Fiat shows that van drivers are every bit as keen to switch to battery-powered vehicles as car drivers, with a third considering a switch to an electric van.
The research also found that two-thirds support the government’s plans to reduce vehicle emissions on UK roads, while 84% think companies should be looking to have an environmentally friendly fleet of vehicles.
While electric vehicles aren’t currently suitable for every role, as Fiat launch the E-Ducato electric van, it will be pleased to find that 35% of the 500 drivers questioned are considering the switch to electric for their next van.
Its new van has a range of up to 192 miles between charges – almost four times the average daily distance driven by the van drivers surveyed.
It’s not only van drivers wanting to reduce third carbon footprint, as Fiat Professional also found that consumers are becoming more interested in the environmental impact of items delivered to doors across the country.
Around three-quarters of adults want delivery companies to use zero-emission vehicles where they can, and more than half would like to know more about the carbon footprint of delivery companies across the UK.
“Caring about the planet is an important part of everyone’s lives, and while the growth in popularity of electric cars has been well publicised, it seems many van drivers are proud of their office and are also looking to make the switch to zero-emission motoring,” explained Richard Chamberlain, from Fiat Professional.
“Electric vans offer a lot of benefits for delivery companies and tradespeople. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also exempt from the congestion charge and ULEZ and are available with up to a whopping £8,000 government grant.”
“Transportation is changing, and it’s not just the people behind the wheel who want a more environmentally friendly way of getting from A to B,” added Chamberlain. “The way we buy goods has radically shifted over the past 12 months as e-commerce becomes a more and more important part of consumer behaviour.
“Whether we’re getting our weekly groceries dropped off or a shiny new electrical device delivered, more and more people are wanting to know it’s being brought to our home by a company which is being as eco-conscious as possible.”
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