Electric Assisted Vehicles Limited (EAV), the Oxford-based, zero-emissions, urban lightweight transport manufacturers, have responded to the recent World Health Organisation report with increasing frustration and concern. Estimates of 7 million premature deaths every year associated specifically with air pollution have been identified by the international health authority. In its report it has urged its 194 member states to cut emissions and take action on climate change before the COP26 summit this November.
“Governments are moving too slowly and in the wrong direction.” said Adam Barmby, Founder and CEO of EAV. “I understand the need to try and balance economies with affirmative climate and environmental action, but simply replacing legacy vehicles with heavy electric vans and cars is nothing more than pandering to the automotive manufacturer lobby who, if you think about it, are substantially to blame for the pollution situation we’re faced with right now.”
Pollution from vehicle exhausts contributes significantly towards poor urban air quality in towns and cities worldwide. The introduction and promotion of electric vehicles was seen as a rapid and politically attractive solution, but it falls a long way short of achieving what’s really needed to solve urban pollution.
Particulate emissions are the real killer. Car tyres wearing on the road and brake dust, both of which are produced from heavy electric cars, vans and trucks, are major culprits in producing PM2.5 particles which the World Health Organisation says must be reduced in order to decrease fatalities.
“We have a solution.” continued Barmby. “It’s a simple solution and it’s called ‘light weight’, or at EAV we call it ‘Lite Tech’. By reducing the physical weight of traffic in urban locations you immediately reduce the particulate emissions from brakes and tyres. If you’re transporting parcels or operating a van that’s usually about 30% full, there’s no loss of efficiency using our vehicles, in fact, they’re actually more efficient. And, if you want to move heavier items, you can either use more light EAV vehicles or you’ll have to use an electric van but by using a combination you’ll be reducing particulate output anyway.”
EAV currently produce a range of lightweight electrically assisted cargo vehicles which are now operating throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
“Demand for the EAV2Cubed and pre-orders for the EAVGo! passenger version is much higher than we’d anticipated and we’re gearing up the business to meet increasing demand.” commented Nigel Gordon-Stewart, Executive Chairman of EAV. “We’re doing all we can to push councils and authorities to close off and pedestrianise city and town centres as much as possible as that’s where pollution is most concentrated. Businesses can still be supplied, people can still move around, the only difference is the absence of heavy traffic which means the air is cleaner, regardless of how that traffic is powered. It’s about time we realised that we must change the way we do things, and a slight culture change is a small price to pay for clean air and a reduction in pollution related mortality. We’ll adjust to it very quickly, but I guess it just depends on your priorities….”