Why white van man is turning green
Van drivers are embracing a green future as they want to switch to electric vehicles, go vegetarian and keep their cabs clean and tidy
White van man is going green as more than one-third of drivers support a switch to electric vehicles.
Nine out of 10 drivers also think it is vital for everyone to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The findings come in a survey of 500 drivers for Fiat Professional, which also discovered that 20% of drivers are in favour of a meat-free diet.
Drivers are keen to change the traditional image of white van man, with 77% saying they take pride and joy in ensuring their vehicle is always clean and tidy.
Fiat Professional revealed its findings during the launch of the E-Ducato electric van in the UK, which has a range of nearly 200 miles between charges, almost four times the daily distance driven by the van drivers surveyed.
Eight out of 10 drivers said they felt companies should be looking to have an environmentally-friendly fleet of vehicles.
A separate survey found that customers are expecting suppliers of services to use greener vehicles in future. The poll of 2,000 drivers found that three-quarters want delivery companies to use zero emission vehicles where they can, while 75% also want to see retail and consumer companies focus on ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
More than half would like to know more about the carbon footprint of delivery companies they use.
Martin Tyers, Head of Fleet at Reflex Vehicle Hire, said:
“As demand for vehicles changes, Reflex Vehicle Hire is helping in a number of ways. We source the latest zero and low-emission vehicles, which companies can add to their fleet on a flexible basis, without a long-term commitment.
We also provide the latest telematics technology to provide valuable insights to companies about how their vehicles are used, so they can identify where electric vehicles can have the greatest impact.”