The region's largest independent fruit and vegetable supplier took possession of a new Nissan NV-200e electric van this week. This is part of a trial to see how an electric vehicle performs in comparison to one of the 60 light commercial vehicles they currently use.
Adrian Bailey, Westcountry Fleet Manager said:
'We know that electric vehicles are coming and as a business we are very conscious of our carbon footprint; but we also need a dependable fleet of vans to keep Cornwall's commercial kitchens supplied with fresh produce and ingredients. This test will enable us to understand how an electric van performs on local roads and what the running costs are likely to be compared to one of our current diesel fleet vehicles.
As a result of this trial, we better understand the operating cycle and how the vehicle could be used within our fleet. We are now looking at adopting electric vehicles gradually as our existing fleet comes up for replacement'.
The vehicle was supplied by West End Motors and the loan was arranged by the Cornwall New Energy (CNE) project. CNE provides free technical advice about renewable energy and low carbon technologies to Cornish based businesses.