Businesses in Brixton to share electric van

Businesses in Brixton will be able to share an electric van for free, in a first of its kind initiative that aims to tackle air pollution in the area.

It’s hoped that street and market traders based locally will use the service, which is the result of a joint collaboration between Lambeth Council, Brixton BID, Zipcar for Business and Cross River Partnership’s Clean Air Villages Programme.

The van is a 100% electric Renault EV Kangoo Maxi ZE van and will be stationed on Pulross Road in Brixton. The trial will run for an initial 12 months and businesses register to use the vehicle using the Zipcar app.

The partnership hopes the van will encourage businesses that are based locally to scrap their diesel vans and reduce the number of vans on the roads.

Susannah Wilks, director of Cross River Partnership, said: ‘We are delighted to be launching a shared electric vehicle for businesses in Brixton. It is a first for London, and we are sure it won’t be the last!

‘It has been an exciting journey working with our partners and collaborators to bring this initiative to life and we look forward to talking with users about their experiences, in turn supporting long term positive change.’

For more information and details of how to sign up please visit https://www.zipcar.com/en-gb/business/electricbrixton

According to the latest wave of Breathe London data, Brixton Road has some of the worst nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in London.