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Zipvan trials petrol-powered Transporter vans for hire

Zipvan is trialling petrol-powered Volkswagen Transporters for its London van sharing fleet to provide operators with an alternative to diesels.

10 new Transporter petrol models will be available to hire from Zipcar
10 new Transporter petrol models will be available to hire from Zipcar

The year-long pilot of petrol models in London will see 10 new Transporter models, all T28 Trendline panel vans with a 2.0-litre TSI 150 PS engine and manual gearbox, available to hire from Zipcar’s London-based fleet locations. The vehicles join the 400+ diesel-powered vans also available in London.

Jonathan Hampson, general manager of Zipcar UK, said: “The Mayor of London recently outlined plans to actively reduce the use of diesel in the capital. We have already completed the removal of diesel from our car fleet, and whilst this is significantly more complex in the commercial vehicle market, we’re delighted to partner with Volkswagen to continue with this process.

“We’re confident the vans will perform well and be suitable for our members. We’ve also ensured that the message comes across through the livery that these vans are petrol-fuelled, to encourage companies to consider their options when it comes to their commercial fleets.”

The vehicles are currently being trialled in London but a Zipcar spokesperson said: “We’d welcome a future where petrol vans are as readily available and commercially viable as diesels.” Zipcar currently has vans available in Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol as well as the capital.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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