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‘White van man’ is going green

More than a third of van drivers are considering switching to electric, according to new research.

The study carried out by Fiat to mark the launch of its E-Ducato electric van in the UK, found that 35% are considering changing to an EV for their next van.

It also revealed that two-thirds support the government’s plans to reduce vehicle emissions on UK roads, while 84% think companies should be looking to have more environmentally friendly fleets.

Additionally, a massive found 91% think it’s vital for everyone to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

“Electric vans offer a lot of benefits for delivery companies and tradespeople,” said Fiat Professional’s Richard Chamberlain. “Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also exempt from the congestion charge and ULEZ and are available with up to a whopping £8,000 government grant.”

The research also exploded a few myths and stereotypes with two-thirds (66%) also admitting they are tired of the idea that van drivers get by on an unhealthy diet.

Instead, one in five are vegan or vegetarian, and high calorie breakfasts have been ditched – with ‘green van man’ more likely to have a bagel or cereal bar than a fry-up.

Two thirds of van drivers are offended by the idea they’re aggressive on the road, while the perception that the interior of a van is a health and safety hazard is also a no-no with 77% claiming they take pride and joy in ensuring their vehicle is always clean and tidy.

Did you know? The all-new Fiat E-Ducato electric van has a range of up to 192 miles between charges – almost four times the daily distance driven by the van drivers surveyed.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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