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How will energy efficiency shape the future of commercial vehicles?

How will energy efficiency shape the future of commercial vehicles?


As most people running a business will be aware, there are a number of laws and legislations that affect their commercial vehicles.

Laws and legislations affecting commercial vehicles.

Most of the time it’s simply the strenuous task of recording mileage and figuring out benefit in kind charges for their staff.

However, in an increasingly regular trends, the Government are introducing new laws and legislations that need to be adhered to in order to avoid paying fines, or to operate within certain areas.

Over the next few years we’ll see changes implemented that could affect not only the costs surrounding commercial vehicles, but the design of them too.

Selena McDade Smith, of Mac’s Truck Rentals, guides us through the 3 most significant upcoming changes

Van CO2 mandatory targets

The European Commission state that vans account for about 12% of the EU marketing for light-duty vehicles, producing around 15% of the EU’s emissions of CO2.

The targets for vans to achieve by 2017 had already been achieved by 2013.

Great news hey?

This resulted in a new target to be achieved by 2020, of 147 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

To keep the good news coming, many manufacturers have already achieved this (or are really already close to achieving it).

Take the VW Caddy for example - the latest spec reaches as low as 116g/km.

Or for those using larger vehicles, such as a Transporter, newer models again come below the 2020 EU target at 145g/km.

London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ)

We’re sure you’ve heard of London’s low emissions zone by now.

Well, that’s set for a new name come 2020. The Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

The intention is to reduce the amount of exhaust emissions in the capital, all in a bid to improve air quality.

This means that every van entering the ULEZ will need to be meet Euro VI emissions standards (or Euro IV for petrol vans).

Most manufacturers adopted this standard as early as 2013, and nearly every van produced nowadays meets this standard.

Vehicle Design Legislation

For businesses operating larger vehicles, legislation set to be brought in by 2022 could radically change the look of their trucks.

The legislation has the objective of ensuring trucks have crumple zones, longer and more aerodynamic noses, and an increase in driver visibility.

I’m sure we’d all agree that these would be welcome changes! However, this has the potential to be a contentious issue following Brexit, as it is the European Parliament that have brought this change about.

How can you protect your business against any extra costs associated with these updates?

Efficiency and safety are at the forefront of the Government’s plans for the commercial vehicle industry. Which means we can be sure to expect further changes for the foreseeable future.

One way to protect your business against rising costs, or the penalty for not being compliant, is contract hire. Contract hire provides you with a vehicle for fixed monthly cost, inclusive of servicing and maintenance.

Plus as most contracts last between 3-5 years, by the time your contract hire is ready for renewal, your business will have the option of taking another new van that meets the latest standards.  

Check out Swansway's offers available on some of the most efficient light-duty vehicles on the market.

If you require a larger commercial vehicle, Mac’s Truck Rental offers new, custom-built contract truck hire with a vast array of options available. Contact their team for more information.