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AFP publishes new clean air zone guide

The Association of Fleet Professionals has published a new guide to clean air zones, designed to act as a more practical proposition than other documents that focus on explaining what clean air zones are and how they work.

Clean Air Zones and Your Fleet is available to all AFP members, and is accompanied by a call from the fleet operators’ association for a national payment facility to address concerns from national operators about the range of different operations.

“The key difficulty of CAZs for fleets is that the means of payment is different in every location,” said AFP Future Roads Committee chair Debbie Floyde. “This seems like an antiquated approach and a national scheme where fleets and individuals could register their vehicles alongside a method of payment seems like a much better solution.”

OVO Energy adds 1000 Vauxhall EV vans

EVO energy has expanded its fleet of electric vans with an order for more than 1000 Vauxhall Vivaro-e vehicles that will commence a phased delivery from the final quarter of 2021.

The new vans add to 26 Nissan e-NV200s announced in May, and 40 Kia e-Niros also recently delivered, and form a substantial part of the company’s ambition of reaching a 100% electric fleet by the end of 2025. The Vauxhall vans will be used by the company’s smart meter installation team, and are being delivered in partnership with Zenith.

Government sets out hydrogen plan

The Government has published a new Hydrogen Strategy designed to create a “thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK over the next decade and beyond”.

According to the announcement, hydrogen could play an important role in decarbonising “polluting, energy-intensive industries” including chemicals, oil refineries, power and heavy transport such as shipping, HGV lorries and trains. There was no mention of hydrogen cars within the strategy, and the Government has pledged £20 this year to design trials for electric road systems and hydrogen long-haul heavy goods vehicles, and to run battery electric trials, to assess the feasibility, deliverability, costs and benefits of each technology for the sector.

“We very much welcome the Government’s commitment to a hydrogen based-transport infrastructure, recognising its advantages for heavy vehicle applications including trucks and buses,” said FleetCheck managing director Peter Golding, in response to the announcement. “At present, there is so little infrastructure in place and such limited vehicle availability that hydrogen adoption is not a serious proposition for the vast majority of operators but, with Government backing, we hope to see this begin to change over the next few years – although it is interesting to note that the strategy report mentions depot-based fleets as early adopters, so we will probably not see a proliferation of public hydrogen filling stations for some time.”