Today (Monday, 15th August) Big Issue Group (BIG) and Citroën UK have announced a three-year partnership which will see Citroën provide BIG with a fleet of electric light commercial vehicles (e-LCVs). From the full fleet of 16 vans, a quarter will be on the road from today.
The Big Issue fleet currently covers 350,000 miles annually, transporting over 2 million magazines to 3,300 vendors in a year, from Ullapool through Newcastle, to Lowestoft, London and Birmingham, and over to Penzance and Fishguard.
In the first phase of going electric, Big Issue Group are working with Citroën UK to roll out electric vans in Bristol and Bath for the South-West, Bournemouth covering Dorset, Norwich for East Anglia, and Newcastle for the North-East, adding more over the next three years.
The new electric Citroën vans will make the delivery process more sustainable and will help BIG tackle its carbon emissions – which is a key aim of the Group in the face of the worsening climate crisis.
With many cities now becoming Clean Air Zones and charging older vehicles for travelling in city centres to reduce pollution, this partnership has come at a vital time.
Due to its zero tailpipe emissions, the new electric fleet will be exempt from most congestion and low-emission zone charges – so Big Issue staff can navigate through busy urban centres without worrying about extra costs. The Connected Navigation will also simplify the delivery process, helping staff reach more vendors, more smoothly.