Electric van use rising in Europe
AN ELECTRIC DELIVERY VAN, DESIGNED AND MANUfactured by German mail delivery company, DHL, could be on sale to the general public from next year.
DHL has been using its self-designed Streetscooter since 2013 as an all-electric replacement for its Volkswagen Caddy vans. The Streetscooter is tailor-made to suit the needs of a delivery company like DHL, especially in urban and last-mile operations. It has a 120km maximum range and its cargo capacity rivals that of a small to medium-sized delivery van. After its successful trial with DHL in Germany, the van’s creator, Dr Gunter Schuch, plans to make it available to the general public. Named the EGO Life, the public version of the vehicle will be aimed at small to medium businesses with city centre applications and relatively short driving distances.
Schuch says there’s potential to build 10,000 EGO Lifes a year.
Meanwhile, global delivery giant UPS is increasing the number of electric delivery trucks it uses in London, England, by 40 percent.
The move follows an investment in smart charging infrastructure in association with UK Power Networks.
The project will incorporate battery energy storage at UPS’ north London depot, so that charging doesn’t put too much strain on the local power grid during peak times.
The vehicles will be charged directly from the network outside peak times, with the battery taking over the charging when electricity demand increases in the local area.
The upgrades will mean that up to 150 electric vehicles can operate from the north London depot, three times the amount of UPS electric trucks currently operating in the city.
The 29 additional electric trucks, in UPS’ brown and gold livery, will go into service before the end of the year.
Ford is trialling a fleet of 20 plug-in hybrid PHEV Transit Custom vans in London. The vans will be run purely on their electric motors for most city trips. The trial aims to discover how PHEV vans can contribute to cleaner air in a heavilycongested city.