Fossil-fuelled vehicles are entering their twilight years. Legislation in the UK and in France will prohibit the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, while Norway aims to achieve this by 2025. According to Frost and Sullivan’s Global Electric Vehicle Market Outlook 2018, logistics companies such as DHL, DPD and TNT “are switching to a 100 per cent electric fleet by replacing conventional vehicles with electric vehicles that are equally competent and a and a perfect fit for the business model”.
Electric vans could rapidly gain traction in urban environments, according to Dr Wolfgang Schrempp, MD at automotive consultants CC Consulting, due to the exponential rise of online retail and the growing propensity for home delivery of groceries: “Electric vans will be a forerunner in the future for this battery activity. People are no longer shopping in the cities, they’re ordering nearly everything online today”, says Schrempp, citing the stressful realities that “there’s no parking space or if you do have parking it’s very expensive” – not to mention the political and environmental imperatives of reducing emissions."
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