Less than two years since relaunch, LDV has been awarded LCV Manufacturer of the Year at the 2017 GreenFleet Awards.
Now in their 13th year, the UK’s GreenFleet Awards celebrate and reward the work undertaken by stakeholders in the fleet sector to reduce the environmental impacts of automotive vehicles, and promote zero and ultra-low-emission technology.
LDV emerged as overall winner in a stiffly-contested category that recognised the efforts it has made to reduce CO2 and increase fuel economy in its LCVs. The other brands shortlisted for the LCV Manufacturer of the Year award included Citroen, Fiat Professional, Nissan, Ford, Peugeot and Iveco.
LDV’s much-lauded electric vehicle range, which launched with the EV80, has been designed with zero emissions technology together with advanced electric power systems, providing greener power and in return, reducing environmental impacts.
Manufactured by SAIC, the largest automotive company in China, the EV80 is the first of a new generation of cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles that is ideal for both city driving and short journeys. It is also the first of LDV’s zero emissions models boasting a 120 mile range on a single charge.
The company if firmly focused on the future of greener motoring with impending plans to launch a plug-in hybrid, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell propelled CV. In addition to the EV80, LDV’s V80 range includes a Crewcab, MiniB, Tipper, Luton Panel Van and Dropside, with a model to suit every driver and any delivery need.
Mark Barret, LDV General Manager UK & Ireland said, “The GreenFleet Awards recognise innovators of the low carbon vehicle sector and LDV is leading this charge, supported by significant investment from SAIC. China is recognised as a leader in low and zero emission vehicles and this is evident from the work that companies such as SAIC are undertaking in the areas of R&D, strategic partnerships, product development and innovation.
“To be recognised for our passion, our efforts and LDV’s early successes is testament not only to the LDV brand, but to the teams behind it. LDV only relaunched in 2016, so to say that we are thrilled to receive this award is something of an understatement and we would like to thank the judges for recognising what we are doing. We believe in the future of greener motoring and LDV is an integral part of that very bright future.”
SAIC recently confirmed a partnership with China’s largest electric vehicle battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co (CATL) to drive the future of advanced, power battery systems. The deal between the two companies involves a multi-billion investment that will challenge the world’s current largest power battery production plant, the Tesla ‘Super Factory’, with plans to reach 36,000 GWh of capacity by 2020.