Many couriers must enter low emission zones now present in most cities on a daily basis. Let's explore what is required to enter low emission zones with electric vans.
Here are some questions to ask when you have an electric vehicle and when you want to use it in a LEZ:
- What are the benefits of electric vehicles in low emission zones?
- If I have an electric truck, can I enter any LEZ?
- With electric vans, is it possible to enter a LEZ 24/7?
- Which electric pick-up truck did we use for our tests in the LEZ?
- How do I plan a route for an electric UTV in a low emission zone?
- Which equipment do I use for deliveries in a low emission zone?
What are the benefits of electric vehicles in low emission zones?
Very often, permission to access low emission zones is free, depending on the regulation of the appropriate LEZ. For example, in the LEZ in Rome, permission is free. When entering low emission zones, these are generally located in the historic centre of a city and as such, there are plenty of shops, open air markets and bars with people very close to vehicles which, while in transit, release a high amount of exhaust gases. With electric vans, no emissions are released that affect customers at the bars and the outdoor markets. The Alkè XT electric truck is very compact and it is very easy to find parking. The Alkè electrical vehicles are also very narrow and while parked, allow other vehicles to pass without difficulty, including large vehicles such as shuttle buses.
If I have an electric truck, can I enter any LEZ?
In Italy, for example, there is no single national directive, but in principle, after the commercial electric vehicle has been registered, a scan of the registration documents for the electrical vehicle must be sent off along with application to the offices of the appropriate LEZ. This phase is mandatory. Failure to do so, even if you have an electric vehicle, when the LEZ zone is accessed, may result in a fine. Permission is required for each individual LEZ. To discover how it works for each individual area, inquire at the appropriate local administrations.
With electric vans, is it possible to enter a LEZ 24/7?
This depends on each individual LEZ. In some cities, you can enter 24 hours a day. In other cities, no. Even in this case, inquire at the offices of the appropriate LEZ.
Which electric pick-up truck did we use for our tests in the LEZ?
The electric vehicle used for the tests was an Alkè XT320E. This vehicle is very compact, quiet and emission free. This vehicle was designed to perform logistical services, transporting goods from a freight terminal located in a nearby industrial area to an historical centre where a LEZ has been implemented. It is the perfect alternative to the many standard internal combustion vans that deliver parcels within the city.
How do I plan a route for an electric UTV in a low emission zone?
When transporting goods, most traffic covers a distance of less than 50 km (the so-called 'last mile'), often with significant consequences for pollution. For routes greater than 50 km, the use of electric utility vehicles is currently unfeasible as the cost of batteries is still too high.
The XT electrical work vehicle is ideal for getting around in low emission zones as it is very narrow, enabling parking without difficulty. It does not impede bus traffic or urban cleaning vehicles and has a maximum speed of 56 km/h which for this type of urban logistics is more than sufficient. The XT zero emission vehicles were designed for transporting goods and as such, are very robust and as they are electrically powered, are ideal for urban routes involving frequent stops and starts.
Which equipment do I use for deliveries in a low emission zone?
The XT electric trucks can be equipped with both a truck-bed with a tri-laterel lift and with closed box compartments, ideal for delivering parcels and small sized goods. Due to its width of just 1.50 m, it is also possible to deliver packages along narrower streets without blocking traffic, subsequently causing traffic congestion and the resulting pollution. As such, the use of the XT electric van for sustainable urban logistics has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions and in noise levels, also leading to a reduction in traffic. Ignition of an electrical vehicle does not generate exhaust gases which are emitted in the vicinity of nearby outdoor bars and does not disturb the peace and quiet of historical centres.
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