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Driving the Future: the electric vans of Warwick Print

Warwick Print electric vanThe vans of Warwick Print are part of the 51 strong fleet of electric vans used by the University of Warwick.

Most people will be aware that electric vans are an environmentally friendly mode of transport as they have zero exhaust emissions, which is good news for everyone on campus. Better air quality will lead to less health problems and costs caused by air pollution. Electric vans are also quieter than petrol/diesel vehicles, which means less noise pollution.

But electric vans are also cheaper to run as the electricity to charge an electric van works out around a third as much per kilometre as buying petrol for the same vehicle.

charging the vansIn addition, electric vans are less likely to need motor maintenance and repairs as they have a lot less moving parts than a conventional petrol/diesel cars. There is relatively little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, radiators and many other parts that aren’t needed in an electric van.

The electric vans are also easier to drive as electric motors react quickly, therefore electric vans are very responsive and have very good torque.

The university's own WMG is actively involved in the research and development of electric vans, from the possibility of rolling out wireless charging and the development of new batteries to bringing a new brand of charging points to market: Lampposts – some of which are already powering electric vehicles on the University campus.

warwick print van designAnd the involvement of Warwick Print does also not end just by using electric vans for deliveries across the campus, Warwick Print designed the artwork of the van graphics of all vans used on campus.

Have a look next time an electric vans drives by!