Message posted by bessie50007/2/2019 at 11:09am
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I was at a conference 2 weeks ago in Malaga were I watched a presentation from a transport company based in Holland about last mile deliveries, itís actually unreal what is happening behind the scenes regarding delivery vans, I think DHL have already built their own electric delivery van, There are already electric delivery bikes designed to carry 100kgs payload .
They also presented a video which showed electric driverless trucks & tipper trailers working in a quarry in Norway, being loaded, navigating around the quarry site then driving 5 kilometres down the road to the ship which it then dumped itís load on the conveyer, I think they had 4 or 5 of these working around the clock, all at test stages.
The company I work for already has a fleet of electric vans for rent in Paris & I think we are investing more as the demand is huge.
I personally donít think it will be to long before all European cities put a total ban on all diesel vehicles, a customer of mine told me last week if you park a diesel car in London you get walloped with a parking levy but you donít pay if its petrol or hybrid.
The problem with electric is that its killing the diesel market a quick flick on autotrader I found a car like mine less than 10k and itís a 65 plate, this car was about 27/28k new. Going forward this will mean less fleet cars filtering down to the second hand market as they just wonít be a viable option for company cars, My car is due up next Jan Christ knows what will be on the new list but I know for sure petrolís and hybrids will be, probably nothing heavy enough for my van though.