Electric-Only Vans

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor for an update on Transport for London's partnership with Ford on the plan to pilot electric-only vans in the city.


Answer for Electric-Only Vans

Answer for Electric-Only Vans

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Ford Motor Company is custom building 20 plug-in hybrid electric vans for an operational trial in London. As the transport authority for the chosen city of the trial, Transport for London (TfL) is collaborating with Ford on this project.

The 20 vehicles will be distributed at no cost to a variety of fleets in London including TfL, the Metropolitan Police Service, Clancy Plant, Addison Lee and British Gas. The vans are expected to reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of inner-city trips.

The trial is due to start in the final quarter of 2017, and will last for 12 months. Ford will collect data on operational and environmental performance to assess how the benefits of electrified vehicles could be maximised.

The freight sector's transition to ultra low emission vehicles is central to cleaning up London's toxic air. TfL continues to lead by example by increasing the number of its own vehicles that are electric. Data from these trials will also be used by LoCity, an industry led programme that TfL works with.  It helps the freight and fleet sector lead the way in improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging the uptake of low emission commercial transport.