The Emergence of Green Van Man
2011 is an excellent blog that offers useful information on which cars are being manufactured offering value for money within strict ‘green’ guidelines. This article aims to offer a little insight into the world of vans, particularly Vauxhall’s popular Vivaro model – seen by many as the standard bearer of ‘green’ van technology. Everyone talks about how good it is to drive and how well it handles, particularly when carrying a large load. But how far does it go in offering an environmentally-friendly footprint?

It is important in an age where care for our planet is becoming a necessity rather than a preferred ideal, that we focus efforts on reducing emissions from essential transport in all vehicles including cars, buses and vans. In the UK and in particular the capital, the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) was introduced in 2008 to encourage the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles driving in the Capital to become cleaner. The LEZ covers most of Greater London. To drive within it without paying a daily charge vehicles must meet certain emissions standards that limit the amount of particulate matter (a type of pollution) coming from their exhausts. Currently vans are exempt from paying the daily LEZ charges, but from January 2012, vans registered before January 2002 will have to start paying.

Vauxhall’s London Retail Group has introduced a scheme which will help the owners of older vans. When an old van is traded in, Vauxhall will offer you savings on vans in their range of commercial vehicles such as the Vauxhall Vivaro van.

Vauxhall understand the importance of designing their vehicles with green credentials in mind and the Vauxhall Vivaro is no exception having won the UK Commercial Vehicle MPG Fuel Economy Marathon twice. The Vauxhall Vivaro vans are fitted with diesel engines that feature Start/Stop technology which improves fuel consumption and lowers emissions. This particular feature is ideal for driving in a city like London where you are more likely to spend precious time nose-to-tail in a traffic jam!

In addition to having the greenest engine in its class, the Vauxhall Vivaro is more than capable of transporting goods and equipment between and within cities. It has a variety of eco friendly engines including Vauxhall’s new ecoFLEX technology on offer with 1.9, 2.0 and 2.5 litre diesels and a 2.0 litre petrol engine. This new commercial ecoFlex range includes two new Luton-built Vivaro ecoFlex vans, a 2.0CDTi (90PS) and a 2.0CDTi (115PS), both with CO2 outputs of just 185g/km despite having payloads of up to 1254kg.

Peter works within sales for MW Vehicle Contracts, enjoys blogging and advising customers on their vehicle choices.

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