Electric delivery van

Electric delivery vehicle trial

Part of the Mayor of London’s plans to cut air pollution is to work with freight companies to reduce the number of lorries on London’s roads. Commercial freight vehicles represent 30 per cent of all traffic in central London and make an estimated 281,000 journeys per day.

To address this, the Mayor has teamed up with Gnewt Cargo on a project to test the performance of electric delivery vans in central London without adversely contributing to the air pollution problem. Gnewt Cargo is an established electric delivery specialist operating last mile deliveries. This two-year trial will test a set of innovative new vans which will be added to their existing fleet of fully electric vehicles. The trial vans' emissions performance will be tested against comparable diesel delivery vans using smart Fleet Carma telemetry technology.

The trial is part of the Low Emission Freight and Logistics trial funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.

The trial is also supported by LoCITY, a programme led by TfL that brings together freight operators, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and the public sector to stimulate the uptake in low emission commercial vehicles. LoCITY will provide technical expertise throughout the project.

About the vans

These are state-of-art vehicles, comprising of the Voltia (Nissan) and BD Auto e-Ducato which have been specially designed for this project. They are larger than most light goods vehicles and have an expanded capacity meaning fewer vehicles are required for deliveries, causing less congestion on London’s roads.

How will they be charged?

The project will install and test EO smart charging points at the depot where the vans are stored. This charging technology will choose to charge the vehicles at the most efficient and relevant time of day. The trial will help both Gnewt Cargo and the Mayor understand the additional demand on the grid created by electric vehicles and assess the potential for reverse vehicle to grid charging.

How do we measure performance?

The trial will measure both comparable diesel vans as well as these new electric vehicles all of which will be fitted with SMART Fleet Carma telemetry hardware which can remotely monitor environmental emissions performance, electric vehicle range, electrical energy consumed and more.