There has already been a noticeable increase in the amount of cars on the road that are now powered by electricity or natural biofuels, however it now seems that van drivers are starting to join the trend. With the increase in petrol prices and tax for traditional petrol fuelled vehicles, it is no wonder that companies are investing in more eco-friendly vans for their fleets. One company, called Green Man & Van, have not only started using biofuel to run their vehicles, but have also invested in boxes and bubblewrap that are made from recycled materials, and uniforms that are all made from organic cotton.
Stewart Arbuckle, Director of the Edinburgh branch of Green Man & Van, has said: “The vans are completely modern, clean and safe – we just don’t use normal fuel to run them. Instead, we source recycled cooking oil locally – meaning we’re sending less harmful pollutants out into Edinburgh’s beautiful streets. The old chip fat, and other waste oils are collected from Edinburgh, Glasgow and across the Central Belt, and processed at a plant in Motherwell to make them suitable for vehicle usage. At around 119p a litre for 100 per cent biodiesel it is considerably cheaper than diesel at the pumps.”
However, it is not just large companies that can invest in eco-friendly vehicles, those that run their own businesses now have the option to buy green vans due to an increase in production by mainstream manufacturing companies. Ford has recently released the Ford Fiesta Van, which is based on its best-selling vehicle of the same name, meaning that it’s not only practical but also stylish. Add to that the fact that the Econetic version only emits 87g/km of CO2 and averages 86.5mpg and you can see why it is expected to become extremely popular this year.
As the need for green vehicles is increasing it is good to see that van manufacturers are taking it upon themselves to offer a range of eco-friendly yet functional vehicles. 2013 is sure to see a variety of new green vans hit the market, so shop around to make sure you find the best one for you, and don’t forget to make sure your new purchase is covered by van insurance.