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Are Van’s Electric? London Mayor Wants More

Are Van’s Electric? London Mayor Wants More

There can be no doubt that the green agenda is accelerating at an increasing pace. The recent Extinction Rebellion demonstrations clearly show that the public is becoming energised by the impact of fossil fuels on the planet. Not to mention the health issues caused by polluted air in our towns and cities.

London is leading the way in taking decisive action to address these justified concerns. The implementation of the extended ULEZ scheme shows how determined London Mayor Sadiq Kahn is in cleaning up the city’s act. He has now turned his attention to the vehicles that will use London’s roads with a clear commitment to substantially increase the numbers of electric vehicles in the city by 2030. As he said recently:

“We need to reject the fossil fuels of the past and embrace an electric revolution in London’s transport. To truly transform the quality of our air and to tackle the climate crisis London must move away from petrol and diesel cars, with their catastrophic impact on the environment, and towards zero-emission vehicles.”

Green Shoots

Khan’s vision is undeniably ambitious as the accelerated implementation of the ULEZ clearly shows. He has now set up a taskforce to look at other ways to clean up London’s air.

The Mayor’s focus now is on increasing the numbers of electric vehicles on London’s streets. This will need a vast network of rapid charging points to ensure the city can service this increase in electric vehicles, and the development will need to be implemented quickly. There is already a range of zero-emission vehicles poised to take to London’s roads. These include passenger vehicles, electric taxis and Europe’s biggest fleet of electric buses.

To facilitate this increase in demand plans are in place to install 175 rapid charge points. To supplement these, there will also be 1100 electric vehicle charging-points installed on lampposts throughout London boroughs.

Whether this will be enough to meet the carbon-neutral ambitions is yet to be seen.

The Business Of Change

Laudable as these changes are, some have voiced understandable reservations. The ULEZ is already causing headaches for the delivery sector. This is especially concerning given that research shows that nearly 50% of the UK’s vehicles, including commercial fleets, are not CAZ compliant. Then there is the potential impact on London businesses based on roads targeted exclusively for electric vehicle use.

It’s a complicated picture that will need more input than just a city’s administrators. Government support for a UK-wide network of charging points are essential and much greater support for the delivery sector to install charging equipment in their depots. As FTA Policy Manager, Denise Beedell commented:

‘If the City appropriately supports hauliers and couriers as part of the plan to change the roads, more drivers will at least consider the option of electric vehicles.’

Incremental Steps

The Truckcraft team fully support any moves to help reduce the impact of vehicles on Londoners. In the long term, increased use of electric vehicles will help to assume delivery sector support is also on offer. In the interim, the delivery sector can still contribute to the eco agenda by adopting hybrid technology like our TRAILAR enabled vans and trucks. These unique vehicles represent a sensible middle way offering a versatile product that provides excellent eco-benefits.

We can’t avoid it. Change is coming, and the Truckcraft team are playing our part to help meet the essential environmental goals the UK is committed to delivering.

For more information on our clean-air-zone-friendly delivery trucks and vans, please contact the Truckcraft Bodies sales team on 0161 304 9404. Alternatively, email or

Published: Jul 24

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