23 Nov 2010 12:11:20
BT launches low carbon van trial
BT is to begin trialling electric vans in Milton Keynes and east London to establish if they could be used to replace a number of vehicles in its business fleet.
In collaboration with Allied Electric and Smith Electric Vehicles, BT converted two Peugeot and two Ford zero emission vans for use by its Openreach engineers.
It is hoped the trial will help establish if electric vehicles are able to integrate with the engineers' working patterns, as well as testing their battery life and energy usage.
The vehicles are restricted to a top speed of 70mph, are capable of travelling 100 miles between charges and offer the same payload as other diesel vans.
BT said its engineers travel on average between 60 and 65 miles each day, meaning they should not have to recharge the vehicles during their working day.
John Small, service delivery managing director at Openreach, said: "Not only do they eliminate exhaust emissions, but the vans could deliver longer term cost benefits and their quietness make them perfect for working in residential area."
A three-year low carbon vehicle trial to establish if electric cars could be integrated into business fleets was launched in London earlier this year. Five organisations received plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius models in the scheme supported by EDF Energy.