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Saturday 20 January 2018

Electric van GVW limit to be raised to 4.25 tonne

Iveco Daily ElectricFollowing a consultation document the Department for Transport (DfT) has recommended raising the permitted gross vehicle weight threshold for alternative-fuelled light commercials from 3.5t to 4.25t. The consultation asked whether battery-electric, range-extended electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell and natural gas-powered LCVs could be classed under Category N1, even if their heavier drivetrains pushed them over the 3.5t GVW.

It’s a sensible move to promote the uptake of alternative fuel-powered LCVs without suffering any payload penalty and the need for a tachograph, adherence to Drivers’ Hours regs or operating under an ‘O’ Licence. They will only be allowed to run at the higher GVW within the UK for the time being, however, and just applies to LCVs being used for hire or reward and own-account haulage operations. They will be able to be driven on an ordinary car Driving Licence (Category B) without the expense of upgrading the licence to C1; currently required for anyone who passed their Driving Test after 1997 to drive a LCV over 3.5t GVW.

The timing of this announcement couldn’t be better. Iveco is currently the sole main manufacturer selling a factory-built pure electric large panel van, but Renault (Master), MAN (TGE) and Volkswagen (Crafter) are set to introduce their offerings during 2018; closely followed by Mercedes-Benz with the all-new eSprinter in 2019.

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