LDV’s award winning EV80 travelled 600 zero-emission miles (965km) during the UK Government’s inaugural Green GB Week initiative, organised to showcase the benefits and opportunities clean growth will bring to all parts of society. Right across the country a series of events and announcements took place, raising awareness for and encouraging both businesses and the public to play their part in tackling climate change.
The recently announced winner of the Fleet Transport Irish Green Commercial of the Year Award 2019, the LDV EV80 lead the way for the commercial vehicle sector as the official Commercial Vehicle of the flagship event of Green GB Week – The EV Roadshow. Organised in conjunction with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the EV Roadshow visited the four host city towns of Durham, Nottingham, Bournemouth and Bristol between 15-19 October.
Each Roadshow featured an EV80 panel van that travelled between events, together with a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The local LDV dealers in each region turned out in force to showcase support for the EV Roadshow, providing an EV80 test drive vehicle for members of the public, local businesses and Local Authorities who were invited to get behind the wheel and experience the benefits of an EV80 for themselves.
Over the course of five days, the EV80 van clocked up 600 zero-emission miles visiting each host city. Starting its journey in Glasgow, prior to being branded for the Roadshow, the EV80 travelled the first leg of the journey, a 168 mile journey to Durham. From there, it was almost 150 miles to Nottingham and a further 200 miles to the Roadshow in Bournemouth. Bristol was the final destination on the Roadshow journey (80 miles) where people turned out in force to check out the very latest in electric and ultra-low emission vehicles, with LDV taking centre stage. Travelling at an average speed of 60mph and making full use of the radio, lights, heater and wipers, in inclement weather, the EV80 achieved 120 miles on a single charge on each leg of the journey.
Commenting on the initiative, Mark Barrett, General Manager for LDV (UK & Ireland) said; “This was a really important initiative that we felt compelled to get behind. We all have a role to play in environmental conservation and every positive change, no matter how small, will have a lasting impact. Switching to an electric vehicle is one of the most significant steps a business can take not only in relation to tackling climate change, but for future proofing the business. We have had an incredible reaction to the EV80 on this Roadshow, not just from businesses but from members of the public who have been really impressed by the spec and comfort of the vehicle. It’s been a great team effort involving many of our dealers and really is a demonstration of LDV’s commitment to greener motoring.”
EV80 has established itself as the van of choice for environmentally-conscious drivers and is already being trialled by market-leading companies including IKEA, Royal Mail and National Grid, whose criteria for selection are amongst the most stringent in the fleet sector.
The impressive EV80 spec includes an advanced pure electric power system providing a highly-efficient, stable power supply and an EPB system that is both convenient and reliable. From the electronic Park Brake assist system with vehicle hill start facility to the digital intelligent CVT that switches across three power modes, the EV80 delivers a reliable and smooth driving experience, setting the standard for the future of EV motoring from LDV.