Electric Van trials on offer for Croydon businesses

Croydon van trialFleetdrive Electric are working in partnership with Croydon Council to provide electric van trials to local businesses.

The Croydon Sutton Electric Freight scheme (CSEF), aimed at companies in Croydon and Sutton whose employees use vans most days, is offering discounted leases for six months or a year of a Nissan eNV200 van.

With funding from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, this scheme is part of a £13m programme called Go Ultra Low City that is administered by Transport for London and London Councils. Ths programme includes five other projects beside CSEF, such as charging points for residential streets and for car clubs plus rapid charging points, of which the next three Croydon locations are due to be confirmed by the new year.

Electric vehicles are exempt from the Congestion Charge in central London, cost as little as 2p per mile to run and can each hold a 770kg load, giving businesses a practical alternative to petrol and diesel vans which contribute hugely to London’s air pollution.

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment says; “As well as being better for the environment, electric vehicles are quieter and cheaper to run, so I would urge firms to give them a try, especially as the number of Croydon charging points is growing.”

The first vans will be on the road this autumn, and passed on every six or 12 months after that until 2020. CSEF also hopes to offer large trucks in future.

To take part or find out more, visit the council website or contact Peter McDonald at Croydon Council on 020 8726 6000 (extension 62765) or email: peter.mcdonald@croydon.gov.uk


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