Category Archives: Fuel

Electric Kangoo


Recently we have blogged a lot about commercial vans that run on alternative fuels and today, in keeping with the current theme, we are again thinking about those vans that are running on different fuels.
Renault Revolution
Last week we explained how electric vans were undergoing trials in Germany and that they were performing very well indeed. However, my concern was whether they would suit the everyday van drivers schedule as they have a limited range.
Well, it […]

Hydrogen Fuels Could be a Success for the UK


Hydrogen powered vehicles are now looking increasingly likely, especially in the commercial vehicle sector. Hydrogen commercial vehicles would slash pollution and emissions by an incredible amount and I personally think this could be by far and away the best alternative fuel yet!
Hydrogen Project
The government has launched a new project which is intended to assess the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source, and if the project emerges to be a success then a finished hydrogen […]

Plug In Van Grant Available


There is a new Plug In Van Grant that has been made available in order to accompany the existing car grant as part of the government’s efforts to encourage “cleaner” methods of transport. The new grant will hopefully reduce the cost of eligible vans by around 20% on models of up to £8,000, and so this is sure to be a popular decision by the government.
Attempt to Reduce Emissions
Earlier this week we […]

Electric Vans


Electric van trials are being carried out in Germany in order to test whether an electric van can deal with the strain that can be put on vans each and every day. Daimler, the parent firm of Mercedes-Benz has been testing a hundred electric versions of the Vito commercial vehicle. The vans have now covered over 400,000 miles as part of a four year trial that began in the autumn of 2010. The results, thus […]

Electric Ford Transit Connect


On Monday we blogged about the news that the much loved, and incredibly successful, Ford Transit van was going to be built in the US as of 2013 onwards, and now, today, we bring you the news that the green Transit is to be updated for 2012. Yes that’s right, the new all electric Ford Transit is on the horizon.
The Transit Connect is primarily aimed at fleet owners who want to save on fuel and […]

Demand for Used Vans Boosted by New Emission Rules

It may seem strange but many van drivers in the UK, especially around London, are looking to get rid of their commercial vehicle and pick up an older, used one. The reason for this is that new emission rules on vans comes into place at the start of next year and vans built between 2002 and 2006 are the most compliant.
The new emission rule comes into force in the UK on 3rd January 2012, at which […]

Mobile app will charge a vehicle on demand

With the take up of electric vehicles still only a trickle, a world famous technology firm are preparing for the future and have developed a mobile app that will enable drivers to charge their electric vans from anywhere in the world .
Companies looking ahead
It is no surprise that the majority of electric vehicles being purchased in the UK today are covered by commercial van insurance. The limited mileage and lengthy charge periods of the first wave […]

Truckers gain no advantage in petrol war

As the ordinary motorist at long last gets a little respite in the cost of fuel, drivers of vehicles typically covered by commercial vehicle insurance still have to fork out top prices.
Supermarkets cut price battle
The discrepancy in fuel prices has come about via the UK’s large network of supermarket fuel stations. Companies such as Tesco, Morrison’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s have recently got themselves in a petrol war and as a result prices have dropped by about […]

Eco rally attracts the stars

With the focus of commercial transport ever more polarising on sustainable energy, the fifth running of the Bridgestone Eco rally last weekend gave green vehicles designed for buyers with an interest in commercial van insurance the perfect opportunity to advertise their suitability for today’s market.
Clutch of celebrities
The rally that started off in Oxford and finished in Pall Mall was run in conjunction with START and featured all manner of vehicles whose prime function is to […]

Economics of new breed of vehicles questioned

At the very moment that electric vehicles begin to make their presence felt on the byways and highways of the UK, concerns about the economics and its viability are coming to the fore.
Uptake on new vehicles slow
The launch of the Nissan Leaf car at the turn of the year was supposed to herald in a new era of low emission and low cost motoring. The £5,000 government subsidy and the plan to spread the […]