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Most UK shoppers would prefer to receive online deliveries transported in electric-powered vehicles. That’s one of the key findings from a new survey commissioned...

Most UK shoppers would prefer to receive online deliveries transported in electric-powered vehicles. That’s one of the key findings from a new survey commissioned by Ford.

More than half (58%) said they would prefer their delivery service used an electric-powered vehicle, and 49% would be prepared to wait longer for greener deliveries. But when cost was involved, shoppers were less enthusiastic with 28% saying they would be prepared to pay extra for more energy-efficient deliveries.

Ford commissioned the survey of 1,000 people across the UK and Germany to better understand consumer attitudes towards electrification. 

“Shopping from home is very much the ‘new normal’ and it is encouraging that for many people, how they get their deliveries is a key concern. We’re helping delivery companies to reduce their carbon footprint with our hybrid and zero-emissions capable vans, including the upcoming all electric E-Transit,” said Dave Petts, market lead, urban electrified vans, Ford of Europe.

Ford’s Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid van is already on sale across Europe and combines a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with an underfloor battery pack. The system delivers a zero-emissions range of up to 31 miles and a total range of 310 miles, supported by technology that automatically switches the van to battery-only drive in low-emission zones.