Three-quarters of all mileage travelled by vans in Central London could be done using the fully-electric range of a plug-in hybrid van, a trial suggests.
UK LCV registrations increased by 10.6% to 66,123 units in March, with growth fuelled by demand for medium and large vans, up 17.9% and 13% respectively.
Van sales fell by 6.1% last month, with the market down 3% year-on-year.
Ford has officially unveiled the production version of its Transit Custom plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which goes on sale next year.
Ford will begin testing its plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in Valencia, Spain, in addition to the ongoing trial taking place in London.
Ford has showcased the new Transit Custom at the 2018 CV Show with a new lower emissions engine and the promise of a hybrid version next year.
Five years down the line, Ford's Transit Custom introduces improvements that might not be immediately obvious, Simon Harris reports.
Ford is due to deliver 507 Transit Custom vehicles to energy supplier SSE, serving its smart meter division.