FREVUE Final Conference26th June 2017 / Posted by Carol Quamina
Kindly hosted by the City of London Corporation at Guildhall, the FREVUE Final Conference took place on 21 June. Over 200 people attended from London, the UK and our European partner countries in a clear sign of the rising interest in electric freight vehicles. The event provided an opportunity for the FREVUE results to be presented and for the whole range of stakeholders, i.e. freight operators/fleet managers, local authorities, vehicle suppliers, electricity network operators, academia and research institutes to discuss their impact and future steps.
The display of four fully electric freight vehicles in the Guildhall Courtyard provided attendees with real-life examples: A Nissan eNV-200 of 2.2 tonnes gross vehicle weight, a BD Auto eDucato of 3.5 tonnes, an EFA-S Mercedes P80E (UPS) of 7.5 tonnes, and an Emoss truck of 14 tonnes.
The FREVUE city leads also presented first results of the Declaration of Intent, signed by freight operators, fleet managers and public authorities to highlight their demand for electric freight vehicles. The high number of vans and trucks already represented by the signatories sends an important indication of actual demand to vehicle suppliers. The more organisations state their intent to electrify their fleet, the clearer the message and we therefore call on all relevant stakeholders to sign and return the Declaration over the summer.
As Wendy Hyde, elected Councillor at the City of London Corporation and CRP Co-chair noted, “It is only in close cooperation and by joint working that we will make polluting diesel vans and trucks in central London a thing of the past.” The FREVUE Final Conference offered an important opportunity to build and strengthen these links.
For more information, please see www.frevue.eu or contact CRP’s FREVUE Coordinator Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer on firstname.lastname@example.org. FREVUE has also produced a short promotional video here.