White Van Man Has Gone Green

Sun 31st Jan 2021

The stereotypical image of the grubby white van man dominating the roads with rude behaviour and ignorant habits may be a thing of the past according to a new survey.

The van driver of today is more likely to be a vegan, than steak and chips and is seriously considering purchasing an electric van in their next purchase according to data gathered by Fiat Professional.

The survey of van drivers would that 35 per cent were now considering a battery-powered option, while 91 per cent believe that they need to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Two thirds of drivers are behind the government’s plans to reduce vehicle emissions, while 84 per cent think that their own companies should be looking to be more environmentally conscious.

“It’s a bit of a tired myth now that van drivers are tailgaters who take little pride in their vehicle or the environment,” said Richard Chamberlain of Fiat.

“Caring about the planet is an important part of everyone’s lives, and while the growth in popularity of electric cars has been well publicised, it seems many van drivers are proud of their office and are also looking to make the switch to zero emission motoring.

“Electric vans offer a lot of benefits for delivery companies and tradespeople. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also exempt from the congestion charge and ULEZ and are available with up to a whopping £8,000 government grant.”

And it is not just the drivers who are keen to be green, the customers who rely heavily on the delivery vehicles want to know how climate friendly their delivery is.