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Low emission van guide published

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has launched a new guide and accompanying cost and carbon calculator to help fleet managers make informed decisions on low emission vans.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has launched a new guide and accompanying cost and carbon calculator to help fleet managers make informed decisions on low emission vans.

In partnership with low carbon technology specialists, Cenex, the LowCVP’s Low Emission Van Guide is aimed at operators of small-to-medium sized fleets of commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes gross weight.

Comparison tool

Twelve months after its initial launch, the guide has been updated to reflect a changing market, including new topic sheets, information and guidance on how to get involved in the low carbon van community.

The supporting Van Cost and Carbon Calculator (VC3) tool compares the economic and environmental performance of diesel, electric, gas and stop-start van technologies.

The tool has also been updated to include user-defined payload data, bio-fuel blends, congestion charge information and more. 

Case studies

Gloria Esposito, head of projects at the LowCVP, said: “The updated Low Emission Van Guide clearly demonstrates the business, environmental and operational case for using low emission commercial vehicles. 

“Fleet managers can access case studies showing the cost savings achievable through the use of low emission fuels and technologies, and access information on the low emission van market, government policy, infrastructure and assistance.”

Rising emissions

Commercial vehicles have been contributing a rising share of road transport emissions in recent years and now account for more than 30 per cent of CO2 emissions from the sector. Emissions from vans in particular have rocketed by nearly 50 per cent.  

The UK is expected to be at the forefront of electric vehicles over coming years. In 2015 a Lancashire dairy firm revealed that it was saving £900 a month by switching its delivery fleet from diesel to electric.

Steve Carroll, senior technical specialist at Cenex, said: “The current month-on-month growth in UK van registrations is good news for the motor industry, but this means UK van CO2 emissions are also on the rise. 

“As some UK cities are looking to set up clean air zones by 2020 by imposing charges on polluting vehicles, it is an ideal time to inform van owners of their alternative options to diesel. 

“The Low Emission Van Guide and web tool make essential reading for operators who want an understanding of the key low emission van options available.”

The Low Emission Van Guide and VC3 tool can both be found via the LowCVP’s Low Emission Van Hub website.