Nottingham businesses urged to trial a range of electric vans


50 vans are now available for any size of business, public or voluntary organisation operating in Nottingham to try for up to three months as part of the Electric Van Experience (EVE).

Funded by Highways England and delivered as part of Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service, EVE will enable businesses to see how making the switch to electric vans could be the right move financially and environmentally.

Businesses who take up the offer will be able to have a charge point fitted for free at their premises, and will be invited to take advantage of the services offered by Nottingham Electric Vehicle Services (NEVS).

Sally Longford, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy and the Environment, said: “With the ban on the sale of new petrol and electric vehicles brought forward to 2030, we want to support businesses to plan ahead. Electric vehicles are the future, but making the switch is still a big decision.

“We’re giving businesses the opportunity to get in the driving seat and see the benefits of an electric van for themselves, before making any commitment. This isn’t available through dealerships or manufacturers, so it’s a unique opportunity and key to addressing barriers businesses face with electrifying fleets.

“Not only will they be able to experience first-hand the cost savings in maintenance and operation, but also the improved driving experience, giving them confidence to go ahead and make their fleets cleaner. As a council we’ve long been committed to improving air quality in the city, and this scheme will help to reduce harmful emissions from the city’s and region’s roads. It’s a fantastic opportunity for businesses and organisations looking for a greener recovery from Covid-19.”