Turkish electric van-maker BD Auto launches into UK market

BD Auto and Energy is to begin offering its range of all-electric vans in the UK this spring.

The Turkish manufacturer has been producing pure electric LCVs and passenger models for more than eight years and has more than 400 vehicles in operation in seven European countries.

It believes the time is now right for UK operators to adopt electric vehicle technology, driven by greater pressure from cities to improve air quality and reduce transport emissions.

BD Auto uses base vehicles from major OEMs – ranging from 3- 4.25 tonnes GVW – and gives them a new powertrain and control system in its Turkish factory.

Customers are given a full warranty, servicing and maintenance package, as well as financing and lease options.

Vans are eligible for the government’s Plug-in Van Grant, are also exempt from paying London’s congestion charge.

Chris Jones, head of sales at BD Auto and Energy, said he had been meeting with key fleet customers and demonstrating products in London over recent months and is “convinced that this is the time to introduce” the vans to the UK.

“The current information surrounding diesel engine pollutants and the effect on London’s air quality means that the requirement for electric commercial vehicles has never been greater,” he added.

“We are pleased to offer a zero-emission solution to business users in London as BD Auto vehicles are 100% electrically powered and produce no pollutants as well as having an excellent working range and large carrying capacities.”