Category Archives: Alternative Fuel

The Friday Five – EcoVans

With fuel prices on the rise again and fuel efficient vehicles becoming more and more popular, this week’s Friday Five is about eco-friendly vans. Many companies are using them now because with electric vans there are, obviously, far reduced fuel prices. The money saved then helps go towards ongoing costs, such as commercial vehicle insurance. So, take a look through our top five eco-friendly vans and tell us what you think about these fantastic, environmentally friendly vehicles.
5. Peugeot eBoxer

Hybrid Vans

It has been reported that a low emission hybrid van, that is to be sold directly to fleets, designed to cut fuel bills dramatically, could be just around the corner…
…well it’s a two year wait, but it’s a real possibility!
Business Plan
The van is part of the business plan from Intelligent Energy and Revolve Technologies. These are two UK-based companies that have led a consortium of development partners. They also have financial backing from the Technology Strategy […]

LPG Vehicles No Longer Ready Made

A Scottish police force has decided to scrap its fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles after manufacturers no longer provided them as readymade.
Lothian and Borders Police explained that it would become far too expensive for the force to convert its own vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) when companies ceased to provide them as factory fitted.
The force’s LPG fleet, at its peak, consisted of 45 to 50 Ford and Vauxhall LPG vehicles.
LPG, which is also known […]

Emission Tests

The Isle of Man has played host to some low emission tests this week as two Ford Transit vans that have been converted to run on hydrogen gas have been putting in the miles on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure in order to investigate greener fuel technology.
Industry Growth
The tests are also acting as a way to bolster the alternative fuels sector on the Isle of Man. Ken Milne, Senior Manager for energy policy at […]

Nissan to Launch New Electric Van in 2014

Nissan have announced that they will be releasing a new, all- electric van which is planned to go on sale in the US and Canada by 2014. The van will be manufactured at their production plant in Barcelona and it will be modelled after their previously successful Nissan NV200 commercial van.
Being based on the NV200 will certainly give it fan support as soon as it’s available. The current NV200 has been selected as the New […]

British Gas Spark Interest in Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vans

Last week British Gas completed a trial with one of Nissan’s prototype electric vehicles. As one of the UK’s leading energy provider, British Gas has a large fleet of vans which travel across the country to various customers. In order to hopefully minimise their impact on the environment, the company tested the Nissan e-NV200 van by having it shadow their current vans on a normal working day, from depots in Newbury and Leicester.
Putting the Van […]

Fuel Economy the Key for Citroen

Citroen have made further strides to improve their green credentials as they launched a series of e-HDi Airdream micro-hybrid models of their very popular Berlingo vans. The range of new vans will further improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Available is a 1.6 litre Airdream engine with a six speed automated manual gearbox. The clever, efficient engine comes with stop/start technology whilst the van will also incorporate regenerative braking. The van delivers an extremely impressive economy […]

Diesel Engine to be Part of Ford Transit Vans in 2013

Ford has decided to include a diesel engine to their Transit cargo and passenger van, which is due to be released in 2013. This option will be an alternative to their standard 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine. The motivation for their latest venture is feedback from their customers. Ford’s truck communications manager, Mike Levine, said “Some customers prefer diesel, though we think the EcoBoost will offer diesel-like performance in terms of fuel economy […]

Azure Dynamics in Financial Trouble

The electric vehicle market was hit by some bad news this week. Azure Dynamics, the company behind the Ford Transit Connect Electric, has closed its European operation and filed for bankruptcy protection.
Tough Times
The company has simply been caught out by such turbulent financial times across Europe and has sadly had to close its European doors. It was revealed that around 500 Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicles were produced with over half of them being […]

Incentives Needed to Sustain Low Emission Van Market

A report published by Element Energy and commissioned by the Department for Transport assessed the market potential of ultra low emission technology for vans. They concluded that:
• the cost of ownership is 50% higher than a diesel engine equivalent,
• of those willing to pay a premium for a low emission van 10% is the maximum,
• using government oil price projections, by the year 2030 the cost of ownership will still be 10% higher than diesel
This […]