East Coast Organics Farm is proud to announce the acquisition of a shiny new electric delivery van. This Nissan e-NV200 will make our organic veg box delivery service even more environmentally friendly.
Those of you that follow us on Facebook will have seen that after trying out an electric delivery van, we have finally purchased one, a Nissan e-NV200. This was helped made possible with an interest free loan from the Energy Saving Trust and other Government incentives.
East Coast Organics delivers organic veg boxes straight from our 120-acre farm in Pencaitland, East Lothian, to more than a thousand homes and restaurants in and around Edinburgh. We grow over two hundred different varieties of fruit and veg on the farm, with the extended growing seasons facilitated by our 4000m sq of polytunnels, and we are talking fresh, nutrient-packed, packaging and chemical-free, scrumptious biodynamic/organic fruit and veg!
For the last 15 years we have been waiting for the time when electric deliveries would become viable. The main problem was that electric delivery vans were too small for our requirements, but now more manufacturers are producing affordable large electric vans. We aim to have all our deliveries done by zero emission electric delivery van within the next year or so.
The van covers around 80 miles a day, making about 90 drops. We have tried to stay as local as possible keeping our delivery area within a 30 mile radius (East Lothian, Midlothian, Edinburgh). Running costs are just two pence per mile and this equates to significant savings for the farm.
Our aim has always been to deliver fresh, quality produce at an affordable price and, as fuel was one of our biggest overheads, going electric will help keep our prices down. Being emission-free, the electric delivery van also fits perfectly with the environmental ethos at the core of our business – we grow everything without herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and artificial fertilisers as we believe it makes for a better, healthier product that’s better for the planet.
In addition to low running costs and emissions, maintenance costs are significantly lower than conventional diesel delivery vans and the lack of vibration and noise mean less fatigued drivers.
We have also started the planning process for our own wind turbine and photovoltaic panels. With the aid of the Tesla Powerwall all our deliveries will be made using on-farm power! So not only will we be supplying food that is better for you and better for the environment, the zero emission delivery will be better for you and better for the environment too.
Stick that in your hat supermarkets, with your billions of pounds of profit for directors and shareholders. Any profit we make is re-invested back into our green business and the local economy!
Some interesting facts about the Nissan e-NV200 electric delivery van:
A new one costs around £14,000.
Low running costs of as little as two pence per mile.
No internal combustion engine or conventional transmission means less moving parts, which means low maintenance costs. No oil changes or tune-ups!
8 hours to fully charge, or 4 hours with a higher-capacity charge point. A rapid charger is also available which can reach 80 per cent in only 30 minutes.
Many charging points are free to use and exemption from the likes of the London Congestion Charge and road tax.
Top speed of 76mph, but this is reduced to 60mph when batteries are running low to improve range.
4.2m³ of load space.
Also makes an ideal people carrier with an ingenious modular seating system.