Part of the Mayor of London’s plans to cut air pollution is to work with freight companies to reduce the number of lorries on London’s roads. Commercial freight vehicles represent 30 per cent of all traffic in central London and make an estimated 281,000 journeys per day.
To address this, the Mayor teamed up with Gnewt on a project to test the performance of electric delivery vans in central London without adversely contributing to the air pollution problem. Gnewt is an established electric delivery specialist operating last mile deliveries. This two and a half year trial (finishing at the end of December 2019) tested a set of innovative new vans which will be added to their existing fleet of fully electric vehicles. The trial vans' emissions performance was tested against comparable diesel delivery vans using smart Fleet Carma telemetry technology.
Arup provided data analysis and reporting throughout the project.
The trial was also supported by LoCITY, a programme led by TfL that brings together freight operators, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and the public sector to stimulate the uptake in low emission commercial vehicles.