DPD and tyre innovator ENSO are conducting a full road trial of a new tyre for electric vehicles that will reduce pollution from microplastics.
Normal tyres are made mostly using fossil fuels, and cause air pollution through microplastics when they wear down—causing more air pollution than tailpipes, according to ENSO.
Tyre particulate matter (TPM) also constitutes more than 28% of all primary microplastics in the ocean.
ENSO tyres reduce air and TPM pollution while also increasing the distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge. The tyres recently broke a world record when a Renault Zoe was driven 475 miles.
The trial with DPD will be testing Nissan e-NV200 vans from the courier company’s fleet, which will operate out of the Westminster and Hyde Park depots, evaluated over a period of nine months.
The trial is being conducted as part of the FreightLab Innovation Challenge from Transport for London, of which ENSO were one of the winners.
Source: Post & Parcel