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Decarbonising the LCV sector

When it comes to decarbonising the UK’s commercial vehicle parc, the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sector promises to be the scene of the earliest wins.

Close to half of all vans (49.2%) on Britain’s roads are now classed as Euro 6, the most emissions efficient type of engine available, according to the Logistics UK Industry Survey 2020/21. A further 29.7% are classed as Euro 5, meaning that almost eight out of ten vans are classed as having the two most energy efficient diesel and petrol engines currently available.

When it comes to alternatively fuelled vehicles, just over one in ten respondents to Logistics UK Performance Tracker said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the availability of electric vans, while 37% were very dissatisfied or dissatisfied.

However, the frequency with which some operators replace their van fleets may mean a bigger uptake for alternatively fuelled vehicles in the LCV sector. According to feedback gathered as part of Logistics UK’s Route to Net Zero Logistics campaign, five-year replacement cycles for delivery and collection vehicles are normal for delivery and collection vehicles, with utilities and servicing vehicles averaging seven years or more.  Smaller businesses are more likely to opt for second-hand vehicles.

Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy, Logistics UK, said: “The government’s pledge to end the sale of all new petrol and diesel vans by 2030, coupled with the frequent replacement cycles employed by many van operators bodes well for the decarbonisation of the UK’s LCV sector. I look forward to working and engaging with our members on this issue as part of our Route to Net Zero Logistics campaign.”


Published On: 22/07/2021 16:00:10


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