A.W. Lymn has added an electric van to its fleet as part of Nottingham City Council’s new Electric Van Experience (EVE) initiative.
The initiative offers a free 30-day trial of a small or medium electric van as it encourages firms in the region to “go electric”.
The Highways England funded project, which runs until November 2022, was introduced to help the transition of vans and fleet vehicles to lower emissions and improve air quality on roads across the city, contributing towards Nottingham’s carbon-neutral objectives.
The EVE was introduced when the council was successful in winning a £2.69m government grant. All vehicles in the fleet produce zero tailpipe emissions and provide businesses in Nottingham with the opportunity to experience clean commercial transport first-hand.
Matthew Lymn Rose, managing director, said: “The EVE has allowed us to trial electric without the up-front costs of buying an electric van and setting up the charging points, it’s been a great opportunity to see how it would integrate within the business.
“So far we have been using the van for the stonemasons and ground maintenance which has been great, it has certainly improved our view on electric vehicles and confirmed our thoughts on introducing them into our fleet in the future.”
Sally Longford, deputy leader at the City Council and portfolio holder for energy and environment, added: “It’s fantastic to hear A.W. Lymn has had a great experience with the van and this trial has provided confidence in making the switch in the future.
“With the government ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030, we’re looking to support local businesses and organisations, large and small, to try greener technology.”