Electric Vans Chosen for UK Dairy Distribution Work

Electric Vans Chosen for UK Dairy Distribution Work

Electric Vans Chosen for UK Dairy Distribution Work

The zero-emissions LCVs that have been put into service in Germany by Deutsche Post in recent months are confirmed to be coming to Britain but in a somewhat different guise.

Reuters reports that the electric van design originally commissioned to carry out deliveries of packages and parcels on the continent will be deployed to distribute milk and other dairy products here in the UK.

Of course, for many British people, their first experience of any kind of electric vehicle will have been via a milk float, as these eco-friendly EVs have been in service for decades. Now the StreetScooter is set to become the latest generation of LCV to be used by provider Milk & More, helping to cope with a rise in demand for this kind of home delivery service.

One of the main reasons that milk floats have been powered by electricity for so many years is that operators valued the lower levels of noise produced by this type of powertrain. This made them ideal for early morning deliveries, keeping residents happy while still ensuring decent levels of productivity.

This new German-made electric van will fit in with this framework of expectations effectively, providing greater range and higher payload capacities in the process.

The StreetScooter has a number of impressive capabilities which make it noteworthy. It has a top speed of 50 miles per hour and can house goods or equipment in is spacious four cubic metre cargo area.

The van can cope with up to 650kg of goods, while its range will vary depending on the amount of traffic it encounters and how much weight it is having to haul around at any given time.

As a rough estimate, its upper limit for travel on a single charge is 80 kilometres or about 50 miles. The manufacturer admits that during peak periods it may drop to around 60 kilometres, which is still plenty for the kind of distribution work that these next-generation milk floats will be expected to carry out in the UK.

More than half a million households across the UK are currently served by Milk & More, so the StreetScooter electric van fleet which is set to be acquired by the organisation could make a big impact when the first vehicles are put into service.

Other high-capacity electric vans for delivery and distribution work are being developed by a number of key automotive organisations at the moment, with a zero-emissions edition of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter being just one of the more prominent products currently in the works.

Cities seem to be the natural habitat for electric LCVs, both because of their noise-pollution-reducing potential and because they are limited in terms of their range. This means it could be some time before vans like this are rolled out in rural parts of the country.

Over the next decade, the dawn of the EV era for the van market will be in full swing, with larger organisations investing earlier in order to pave the way for wider adoption in the near future.

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