LDV EV80 Journey

2019 saw the second running of the EV Roadshow, part of the UK government’s Green GB Week initiative, organised to showcase the benefits and opportunities clean growth will bring to all parts of society. Right across the country a series of events and announcements took place, raising awareness for and encouraging both businesses and the public to play their part in tackling climate change.

EV80 Official Partner

LDV’s EV80 lead the way for the commercial vehicle sector as the official and only CV of the flagship event. Organised as part of the drive towards a cleaner UK, the EV Roadshow hit UK roads and cities in November 2019, as an Official event forming part of the BEIS Green GB Week, scheduled for early 2020, delivered by GREENFLEET Events. The EV Roadshow visited the four host cities of Bishop Auckland, Liverpool, Coventry and London between 4th – 8th November.

Each Roadshow featured an EV80 panel van, together with a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The local LDV dealers in each region turned out in force to show their support for the EV Roadshow, providing an EV80 test drive vehicle for members of the public, local businesses and local authorities who were invited to get behind the wheel and experience the benefits of an EV80 for themselves.

4 Cities in an EV80

Over the course of four days, the EV80 clocked up 341 zero-emission miles visiting each host city. Starting their journey in Bishop Auckland, they travelled the 135 mile journey to Liverpool. From there, it was 109 miles to Coventry and a further 97 miles to the Roadshow in London. This was the final destination on the Roadshow journey, where people turned out in force to check out the very latest in electric and ultra-low emission vehicles, with LDV taking centre stage.

Travelling at an average speed of 60mph and making full use of the radio, lights, heater and wipers, in inclement weather, the EV80 achieved 120 miles on a single charge on each leg of the journey.

Mark Barrett, General Manager for LDV (UK & Ireland) said; “This was a really important initiative that we felt compelled to get behind, once again. We all have a role to play in environmental conservation and every positive change, no matter how small, will have a lasting impact. Switching to an electric vehicle is one of the most significant steps a business can take not only in relation to tackling climate change, but for future proofing the business.

“We have had an incredible reaction to the EV80 on this Roadshow, not just from businesses but from members of the public who have been really impressed by the spec and comfort of the vehicle. It’s been a great team effort involving many of our dealers and really is a demonstration of LDV’s commitment to greener motoring.”

EV80 has established itself as the van of choice for environmentally-conscious drivers and is already being trialled by market-leading companies including IKEA, Royal Mail and National Grid, whose criteria for selection are amongst the most stringent in the fleet sector. Its most significant impact to date, however, is at Milk & More. More than 190 are now in active use with the dairy giant, and make up a large percentage of what is now the UK’s largest electric vehicle fleet. All of this was recognised at the recent GREENFLEET Awards where LDV scooped the LCV Manufacturer of the Year title, for second consecutive year.

The impressive EV80 spec includes an advanced pure electric power system providing a highly-efficient, stable power supply and an EPB system that is both convenient and reliable. From the electronic Park Brake assist system with vehicle hill start facility to the digital intelligent CVT that switches across three power modes, the EV80 delivers a reliable and smooth driving experience, setting the standard for the future of EV motoring from LDV.

LDV is supporting business owners who want to make the switch to EV with a six-year finance offer that allows more fleet drivers to update and trade-in their current vehicles. The vehicles are part of the Go Ultra Low grant scheme and business owners can can take advantage of an £8,000 grant towards a new EV80 van or Chassis cab, encouraging early adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

For more information on how LDV can help improve efficiency across your fleet, visit https://myldv.co.uk/