It’s not often we talk about vans on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk: however, when it comes to green vans there has arguably never been a more attractive option than the new Ford Fiesta Van (pictured).
The vehicle features diesel engines, all of which have emissions below 100g/km of CO2 with fuel economy figures topping 76mpg. The standout model from an environmental standpoint has to be the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Van which achieves 85mpg and emissions at 87g/km.
So how has this been achieved?
There are several powertrains to choose from including: a new 75PS 1.5litre Duratorq TDCi model; as well as a 95PS 1.6litre Duratorq TDCi model. There are 1.25litre Duratec petrol engines available too. The Fiesta Van ECOnetic model benefits from a host of environmentally focused features including: an aerodynamic rear under tray and wheel trims; low rolling resistance tyres; and an auto start-stop.
Of course it’s a van, so it’s not all about economy: it actually has a 1.0 cubic metre load space; a load length of 1.3metres; and payload ranging from 485kg-508kg.
Safety features and driver assistance is also a big feature of the vehicle: technologies include Ford MyKey, which encourages businesses to employ safer driving and provides fleets with ownership information; and Ford SYNC with emergency assistance that can connect the vehicle occupants to the emergency services.
The vehicle is already available to order with deliveries starting in January.
Paul is a freelance writer with a background in everything from motoring to finance; and holidays to women's undergarments he just writes about them, honestly! He has now sadly crept into his early 30s and seems to have forgotten everything learned at school Still, he's a green car fanatic and isn't that what counts?
Sadly I don't think any driver of these vans will get good fuel economy on account of them being so painfully gutless. I recently test drove a Ford eco boost engine in a Focus which they claimed equals the performance of the previous 1.6 - it does not! Simply put, the drivers will need to thrash these engines and keep the turbo on boost all of the time, so they will drink fuel!
December 29, 2012