Finding a sustainable way to get retail goods delivered to customers’ doors and to ensure utility companies, builders, electricians, plumbers, decorators, gardeners and myriad other traders can get access to people’s homes and businesses in our cities, both now and in the future, is one of the greatest challenges facing light commercial vehicle operators, with the impatient demands of consumers in the so-called ‘now’ economy and the pressing need to reduce pollution and congestion with low-emission zones seeming to pull in opposite directions.
The London Electric Vehicle Company, which has a wealth of experience of running taxis in the capital, reckons it has a solution more flexible than the ‘last-mile delivery’ model we often hear about. Go to our News Analysis to find out about the firm’s strategy.
MAN, a newcomer to the LCV market with its Volkswagen Crafter-based TGE, warns that our cities are heading for gridlock and observes that the country lacks a joined-up approach when it comes to tackling urban emissions and congestion.
The manufacturer is looking for sustainable ways to move both goods and people, as is Mercedes-Benz, which is introducing its new Sprinter to the UK with a raft of sophisticated connectivity equipment to make life easier for urban fleets.