Derby businesses invited to trial green vehicles

Electric vans in Derby have been made available to local businesses in the area to trial, according to the local authority.

A selection of vehicles in a variety of sizes have been offered for businesses, public or voluntary organisations, operating in the city to try for up to three months as part of the council’s Electric Van Experience (EVE).

Funded by Highways England, EVE will enable businesses to see how making the switch to electric vans could be the right move financially and environmentally.

The service is fully funded, including unlimited mileage and vehicle insurance.  Businesses will also be able to take advantage of having a charge point fitted for free at their premises. Derby City Council are particularly keen for businesses who regularly use two significant A routes – A38 and A52 – for the trial

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation said: “This is a unique opportunity for local businesses to experience first-hand the financial and environmental benefits of greener vehicles, and provide operational confidence to make a permanent switch.

“As the take up of electric vehicles increases, the amount of harmful emissions on our roads will decrease – resulting in cleaner air and helping to make our city carbon neutral. 

“I’d therefore like to encourage as many local businesses to come forward and take part in this trial.”

  • image from council press release

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