Citroën UK is providing a Berlingo Electric van to Go Ultra Low in an exciting initiative to support its ‘Clean Start for 2020’ campaign. As part of the initiative, the Berlingo Electric van was used to collect Christmas trees around Birmingham on Tuesday 7 January. The ‘Clean Start for 2020’ initiative will also be deployed in Brighton and Camden.
The campaign is supported by the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The campaign is designed to help customers reduce their environmental impact by starting the New Year on a sustainable path. Go Ultra Low’s ambassador, Ben Fogle, will also be participating in the campaign taking part in the collection powered by electric vans.
To help promote sustainable choices following the festive season and into the New Year, local people and partner organisations are being encouraged to share the steps they are taking to make more sustainable changes for the New Year using the hashtag #CleanStart2020.
As part of the French brand’s own move towards a more sustainable future, Citroën is focusing on its electrification strategy, which is to be implemented over the coming years, beginning this year, with all new cars and vans being made available with an all-electric (BEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) derivative, in addition to petrol and diesel combustion engines. This strategy has been devised to give consumers the flexibility to choose their desired model and then the powertrain most relevant to them.
The Citroën brand’s latest announcement, as part of its electric LCV offensive, was the 100% electric version of Dispatch that will be released later this year. Dispatch will join Relay Electric that is set to launch in the coming months. By 2021, Dispatch and Relay will be joined by a 100% electric version of the latest Berlingo Van – the successor to the van used by Go Ultra Low for their worthy initiative this month.
ONLINE DELIVERY IS SET TO GO ELECTRIC
It seems highly likely that the EU, and UK government’ will pass laws demanding that urban delivery vehicles go fully electric by 2025 or so. Pedestrians are close to delivery vans, online shopping and food delivery are on the rise, and green politicians and activists need to be placated with a move towards banning diesel vans, except in extreme circumstances, or for emergency services.
So far, EV van technology hasn’t successfully balanced the payload problem and stop-start nature of the work, with a viable overall range and rapid battery charging. There’s much to do in terms of fleet infrastructure too, especially for large companies like DPD, Yodel, UPS etc. but the likes of St Greta will not be happy until they see virtually silent vans whizzing around delivering their latest goodies from Amazon and vegan snacks via Deliveroo.
Nissan are ahead of Citroen in this race, with their e-NV200 model on the market at 22K or therabouts. It only has a range of about 100-110 miles, which is OK in London or Manchester, but not really viable for cross-country ebay package deliveries. The Nissan needs about 4 hours to re-charge too, so if it’s used for Just Eat deliveries then the self-employed driver needs to have it fully charged by 6pm for an evening shift.
You could buy a Voltia perhaps, which is based on the Nissan platform, but offers a hi-top load space. Chronopost in France – part of the DPD group – has reportedly ordered 100 of these for parcel delivery work. The London Mayor’s office also has a Voltia van on trial, testing how practical this larger van is when it comes to package delivery across the Capital.