Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is to supply vehicle-sharing network Zipcar with 10 petrol-powered Transporter vans for a year-long trial in London.

The T28 Trendline panel vans, with a 2.0-litre TSI 150hp engine and manual gearbox, will be available to hire from Zipcar’s fleet locations across the capital.

Jonathan Hampson, general manager of Zipcar UK, said, “The Mayor of London recently outlined plans to reduce the use of diesel in the capital – we’re delighted to partner with Volkswagen to continue with this process.

“We’re confident the vans will perform well and be suitable for our members. We’ve also ensured that the message comes across through the livery that these vans are petrol-fuelled, to encourage companies to consider their options when it comes to their commercial fleets.”

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has expanded its petrol range this year, offering an alternative for van operators in its best-selling Caddy and Transporter ranges. Head of marketing, Sarah Cox, said, “The van market is currently dominated by diesel, but we know customers are aware of and looking for other options. They’re scanning the market for guidance on what will be right for their fleets not just today or tomorrow, but in three or five years’ time.”