Islington becomes the latest of five leading London councils to choose EAV eCargo bikes to reduce their emissions. As part of Islington’s ambition to tackle the climate emergency and create a net-zero carbon future, the pioneering electric vehicles (EVs) will help the council’s mission to electrify its fleet.
EAV are the first urban specific transport specialist vehicle designers leading the market with their EAV2Cubed advanced eCargo bike. The Oxfordshire-based company has re-evaluated how urban transportation and last mile logistics should work in a sustainable way.
Using these zero emissions electric vehicles will help Islington Council meet their progressive green targets and support its constituents. By replacing three diesel vans with five eCargo bikes, it has estimated that they will save approximately 1,000 litres in fuel and over four tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year through the simple switch.
Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality, and Transport, said: “Throughout the COP27 conference, we’ve heard painful reminders about the immediacy of the climate emergency and the need to adapt in order to create a cleaner, greener, healthier future.
“Air pollution is a major health emergency that affects each and every one of us. The arrival of our new, fully electric EAV 2Cubed electric cargo bikes supports our vision for a more environmentally friendly borough, with these zero-emissions vehicles offering a more sustainable way for council staff to travel.”
Over 25 EAVs are now supporting residents in London boroughs and through London local government services. This includes Islington Council, Westminster Council, Hackney Council, West End Company, Heart of London Business Alliance and Veolia waste management services.
In addition to the capital, five councils across England and Scotland are also choosing EAV to support their green targets and electrification of their fleets. Cambridge Council, Brighton and Hove Council, Oxford City Council, Aberdeen City Council and Bournemouth Council have all integrated or are considering integrating electric cargo bikes into their services.
The fully-electric, ultra-efficient and lightweight vehicles boast a range of 40 miles and produce no emissions. Their removable batteries recharge within six to eight hours, making it the ideal addition to any council’s busy fleet. These features have proved popular with a range of industries, with EAV working with leading blue-chip companies, London delivery services and even healthcare workers.
Adam Barmby, CEO of EAV, commented: “We developed the EAV2Cubed and EAV2Caged based on making a van more efficient and massively reducing its carbon footprint. They’re designed to be used in urban areas to reinvent how we transport things in and out of cities and towns and all without emissions.
“To see these vehicles being deployed by many councils, and now Islington, to replace diesel vans on the road, is a real testament to their tangible commitment to their communities and realises our vision to reinvent the urban transport formula.”