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Eco-friendly | 13 DECEMBER 2018

Courier company launches eco-friendly vehicles ahead of introduction of London ULEZ

Absolutely, which claims to be one of the UK’s longest-established courier companies, has added to its fleet with the launch of new electric cargo vehicles.

In order to ensure compliance with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, which will be introduced in April next year as well as the petrol and diesel car ban in specific parts of east London, the new fleet of vehicles will enable Absolutely to continue delivering its service, whilst adhering to the latest legislation.

At present one of the most significant issues facing the courier industry is the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone. In order to reduce the levels of carbon emissions and toxic gases, the Zone will operate 24/7and set a daily charge for vehicles failing to meet the emissions standards. That charge is in addition to the weekday congestion charge and the Low Emission Zone charge.

The launch of the electric vehicles, a first for Absolutely, is claimed to be an innovative and industry-leading move as it is environmentally friendly. With their zero carbon emissions the vehicles will be eligible to travel within the upcoming Zone.

Along with the new electric vans, Absolutely will introduce a new set of electric cargo bicycles which will facilitate deliveries within the congested City and West End areas and offer improved efficiency for their customers.

Jeremy Thompson, managing director of Absolutely, said: “The new vehicles will help position us at the forefront of the courier industry and give our clients more environmentally-focused options when utilising our courier services. We are mindful of the upcoming changes in legislation next year and the business is committed to finding sustainable and efficient solutions to moving items in and around London.”

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