Nearly 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year could be saved if all UK vans became fully electric, according to research by Vauxhall.

The manufacturer said that, based on UK Government and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures, vans currently accounted for 18.2% of the UK’s annual transport-related CO2 emissions, and 4.6% of the country’s total annual carbon emissions. 

With 4.77 million petrol or diesel vans on the road, and with an average annual mileage of 13,000 according to the Department for Transport, Vauxhall said UK van drivers were covering more than 62 billion miles annually. 

Using the SMMT’s average new van emissions estimate of 195.7g/km of  CO2 as the fleet average emissions, Vauxhall said it calculated that annual CO2 emissions exceeded 19.5 million tonnes.

Vauxhall managing director James Taylor said: “Vauxhall is fully committed to electrification, and remains one of few manufacturers in the UK already able to offer fleets a zero-emissions-in-use vehicle across its entire LCV range. 

“Our research highlights the importance in electrifying the country’s businesses to help meet the UK’s net zero targets, and comes at a time when the UK is considering imposing further measures to increase electric vehicle uptake.”