• Side view of a Vauxhall van

Commercial vehicles keep Britain in Business

The vital role that commercial vehicles play in keeping the UK’s wheels of business turning has been highlighted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The freight they move contributes a staggering £27.5 billion to the UK economy, it points out, and they shift three times more goods than water and rail combined.

About 1.8m sole traders depend on vans for their livelihood, the SMMT adds. Big fleets rely on them too, it points out, with some 45,000 postal vehicles delivering an estimated 19 billion letters to people and businesses across Britain.

Almost 8,000 commercial vehicles operated by the police help keep the UK safe, it also reports. They include those produced by Vauxhall’s Special Vehicles operation at its Luton plant.

Almost all commercial vehicles are powered by diesel engines, points out the SMMT. And contrary to popular belief, modern diesel engines are astonishingly clean, it states.

“Thanks to heavy investment by the motor industry in the development of world-leading low-emission technology, the latest Euro 6 commercials on our roads today are the cleanest and safest ever,” says SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes.

Furthermore, they burn 50% less fuel than their petrol equivalents.

Vauxhall has, of course, played its part in the introduction of clean Euro 6 diesels through the use of BlueInjection in Vivaro and Movano. It uses a safe, harmless fluid called AdBlue to ensure their exhaust emissions receive a clean bill of health.

Housed in a 22-litre reservoir, it is injected into the exhaust and then reacts with the NOx - oxides of nitrogen - emitted by the vehicle, turning this into nitrogen and water.

Detailed engineering modifications carried out to the diesel Corsavan and Combo have been enough to ensure they meet the Euro 6 rules without the use of AdBlue.