Monday, March 1, 2021

Derby businesses invited to trial greener vehicles

Electric vans will be made available to local businesses in Derby during a trial that will be rolled this month.

A selection of vehicles will be available for any size business, public or voluntary organisation operating in the city to try for up to three months as part of the Electric Van Experience (EVE).

Funded by Highways England, EVE will enable businesses to see how making the switch to electric vans could be the right move financially and environmentally.

The service is fully funded, including unlimited mileage and vehicle insurance. Businesses will also be able to take advantage of having a charge point fitted for free at their premises.

Derby City Council are particularly keen for businesses who regularly use the A38 or A52 routes to sign up to the trial.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation said: “This is a unique opportunity for local businesses to experience first-hand the financial and environmental benefits of greener vehicles, and provide operational confidence to make a permanent switch.

“As the take up of electric vehicles increases, the amount of harmful emissions on our roads will decrease – resulting in cleaner air and helping to make our city carbon neutral.

“I’d therefore like to encourage as many local businesses to come forward and take part in this trial.”

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