Category Archives: Fuel

The rise of the electric fleet

Charging points are popping up everywhere with the use of Electric Vehicles (EV) increasing. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported in August of 2018, the number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles made up 8% of the overall market. An increase in the total number of vehicles registered, up by 23% during the same period in 2017.
While the number is rising, the UK needs a sixfold increase in the number of EV charging points by 2020 to provide adequate infrastructure […]

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 Board, a UK Government agency.
Two prototypes have already been […]

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 as Autogas, can be used as an alternative to petrol […]

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 the Department of Economic Development, has been explaining: “It’s a […]

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 York City ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’, so Nissan can be hopeful […]

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 of 60.1mpg whilst the CO2 emissions are around 123g/km.
With the […]

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 report was put together before the Plug-In Grant was introduced […]

Hybrid Chevrolet 2500 Cargo Van to be displayed

XL Hybrids is a company that have developed a hybrid vehicle technology which has been fitted into Chevrolet’s Express 2500 cargo van. The van will be displayed at the 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Conference Energy Showcase. The company has been conducting pilot trials of this van in preparation of launching the van for commercial sales.
Hybrid Technology
Hybrid vehicles have been available over the past ten years, providing an alternative environmentally friendly vehicle. Hybrid technology is unique as it improves fuel economy and reduces […]

Low Carbon Trial Programme

It has been announced that the government is set to run a £9.5 million demonstration programme in order to further encourage road haulage operators in the UK to extend, or even begin, their use of low carbon commercial vehicles.
Emissions and Costs
This is, on the face of it, a fairly expensive scheme, however it is hopefully one that will massively reduce our carbon footprint in the UK. It may also reduce commercial vehicle insurance quotes for a number of enterprises. Heavy goods vehicles currently contribute to […]

The European LEZ – Low Emission Zone

It seems like the van market is forever evolving with new models coming out on a weekly basis. This is exactly the sort of thing we love here at VanQuoteDirect as it encourages the market to continue growing and also encourages further competition between manufacturers, which again will encourage the market to keep on the upward trend.
The LEZ Impact
We have previously blogged about the current van market and how it has boomed in recent months and years and this year we are all very much […]