Cars and Electric vehicles for Low Emission Zone
How to enter with electric cars in the LEZ
- What are the benefits of electric vehicles in low emission zones?
- If I have an electric vehicle, 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 configuration do I use for deliveries in a low emission zone?
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?
Very often, permission to access low emission zones is free, depending on the regulation of the appropriate LEZ. 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 ATX electric truck is very compact and it is very easy to find parking. The Alkè electric vehicles are also very narrow and while parked, allow other vehicles to pass without difficulty.
If I have an electric vehicle, can I enter any LEZ?
There is no single regulation at European level, but in principle it is sufficient to apply to the offices of the appropriate LEZ. Obtaining permission to enter the restricted traffic area 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. Here it is possible to find an overview of the limited traffic areas in the various European countries: Green-Zones.eu.
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With electric vans, is it possible to enter a LEZ 24/7?
It depends on each single LEZ even if in most cities for electric vehicles, being totally free of exhaust and sound emissions, it is possible to transit 24 hours a day, without any limit. Also in this case it is always advisable to inquire at the competent offices of the LEZ of reference.
Which electric pick-up truck did we use for our tests in the LEZ?
The electric vehicle used for the tests was an Alkè ATX. 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.
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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. The ATX electric work vehicle is ideal for getting around in low emission zones as it is very narrow, enabling parking without difficulty, does not hinder the traffic and has a maximum speed of 44 km/h for this type of urban logistics is more than enough. To optimize urban routes it is also possible to equip Alke' vehicles with the Vehicle Body Computer that through a series of data allows to study the best route. The ATX zero emission vehicles were designed for transporting goods and as such, are very sturdy and as they are electrically powered, are ideal for urban routes involving frequent stops and go.
Which configuration do I use for deliveries in a low emission zone?
The ATX electric vehicles can be equipped with both a dropside loading bed with a tri-laterel lift and with closed box compartments, ideal for delivering parcels and small sized goods, as for example the box van body with sliding doors, the box van with roller shutters, the refrigerated van, the van with body tarp, just to name a few. Due to its width of just 1.40 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 ATX 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.