Reply to post: Re: No second hand market

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: No second hand market

That's because we're engineers, not innumerate idealists.

And as engineers we all know that there are rarely one-size-fits-all solutions.

For instance, any engineer would be hard-pressed to conclude that there is any powertrain more appropriate for ultra-urban stop-start work (such as delivering the mail) than battery-electric. The only consideration therefore is whether it is disproportionately expensive compared to conventional equivalents.

Once you reach reasonable cost parity (which as it happens is rapidly approaching), the reduction in noise pollution, street-level particulate emissions (public health) and improved driving characteristics are a total no-brainer.

Quiet, enormous torque away from the line, not burning energy when sat idling at the lights.

Conversely for other duty cycles ICE or Extended Range-Hybrid are/may be more appropriate.

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