Ford – online shoppers prefer electric delivery vehicles

Almost six in ten online shoppers in the UK and Germany would prefer deliveries by electric powered vehicles according to a survey by commercial vehicles manufacturer Ford.

The Ford research of 1,000 people across the UK and Germany showed that 58% said they preferred that their delivery service used an electric vehicle. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they would wait longer for greener deliveries. Just 28% said they would be prepared to pay extra for more energy efficient delivery however.

This comes ahead of what is projected to be by far the busiest Christmas peak delivery season on record. Across Europe there are more than 32 million delivery vehicles as commercial vehicle traffic increases to meet demand.

“Shopping from home is very much the ‘new normal’ and it is encouraging that for many people, how they get their deliveries is a key concern. We’re helping delivery companies to reduce their carbon footprint with our hybrid and zero-emissions-capable vans, including the upcoming all electric E-Transit,” remarked Dave Petts, market lead, urban electrified vans, Ford of Europe.

This year has seen the roll out of a number of hybrid and electric delivery vans, including Ford’s Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and its E-Transit. The latter offers the same load capacity as a conventional van, with an electric range of 217 miles.

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