When it comes to long-distance assignments there really is little other option.
The limitations of petrol from a fuel economy perspective are well known, while the latest Euro6 diesel powerplants, which are cleaner and more efficient than ever, are the blindingly obvious choice – a fact that is frustratingly overlooked by those in the mainstream media and government, who seem intent on demonising the fuel.
However, for urban operators covering shorter, set routes it’s a different ball game.
With the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) technology to large vans they begin to make compelling sense for last-mile delivery businesses.
Hence, we run the rule over EV pioneer Renault’s debut plug-in large van, the Master Z.E., to see if it can cut the mustard as a practical, load-lugging city workhorse.
The Master Z.E. will be just one of the many highlights at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 24-26 April, and for a full preview of the biggest event in the UK CV industry’s calendar, head here.
James Dallas is the Editor of What Van?