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Piaggio Porter provides green solution

24th October 2008 Print
Piaggio Commercial Vehicles will be attending the UK National Low Carbon Vehicle Event next week held at Millbrook Proving Ground and will be displaying a Piaggio Porter electric MPV available for test drives. The event is hosted by Cenex, the organisation committed to the development of low carbon transport.

The Porter electric vehicles have minimal running costs and are therefore ideal for businesses operating small fleets of vehicles in busy cities. Exempt from Congestion Charging and Vehicle Excise Duty, opting for a Porter electric van could give rise to significant savings, making a perfect solution for businesses looking to save money.

The Porter electric vehicles are very environmentally friendly as they use maintenance-free long life Lead-Gel batteries which produce zero emissions. The batteries are stored underneath the vehicle therefore the load area is not reduced. All Porter electric vehicles have a range of approximately 80 miles and are simple to charge via a choice of two methods; a standard 8 hour charge through a 13 amp socket or a faster 2 hour charge using 3 phase supply.

Highly compact, the Porter electric vehicles have impressive manoeuvrability making it easy to get to the most restricted locations. The Porter panel van has twin side loading doors and a full height opening rear tailgate, making access to load and unload very easy as this is possible from all sides of the vehicle.

Currently the Porter electric range is available in 6 different body types; Panel Van, MPV, Pick Up, Big Deck, Tipper and Chassis Cab. Payload capacities range from 440kg for the electric MPV to 560kg for the electric Big Deck, with the electric van capable of 470kg.

The Piaggio Porter range is also available in petrol in 2 wheel-drive and 4 wheel-drive versions in the same body types. With prices starting from £6,495, it’s easy to see why the Porter range has been awarded What Van? Best Microvan for four consecutive years now.