JLC reveals electric urban delivery vans

A British-based electric vehicle distributor has introduced a range of electric microvans aimed at small fleets and business operating last-mile and urban deliveries.

JLC EV Ltd is based in Lower Dicker, Sussex, and has a background in airside engineering, having created secure access door systems and power supply products for major airports across the UK, as well as airside electric vehicles.

Its new Chinese-made Nextem City and Nextem Orca models are its first road-legal vehicles and will be aimed at urban and last mile delivery operators.

The Nextem City 1 and Nextem City 2 are microvans that are fully electric, using a 10kW lithium battery giving a range of 74 miles and a 44mph top speed, via a 12kW electric motor.

The Nextem ORCA is a compact all-electric van, with an impressive 1000kg payload and a 30kWh battery giving a 125-mile range.

The company says its vans represent the perfect zero-emissions solution for tradespeople and commercial environments such as airports, seaports, local authorities, distribution centres, holiday parks and warehouses.

Prices start at £24,995.

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What are the laws on parking vans in residential areas?

We live in a residential street and every day from around 15:30 onwards there is a inconsiderate man that parks his large transit van or lately even bigger van/small truck at the end of the road on a corner. What are the rules for parking at night, especially if you have a larger van?
Without seeing exactly where he has parked the van it's impossible to tell if he has parked legally or not but generally speaking if there is free parking on the street and he has parked the van facing the direction of traffic, then unless he is within 10m of a junction, blocking a driveway or access road or impeding traffic flow then in the eyes of the law he has no less right to park there than anyone else. Parking rules for vans (but not HGVs) are no different to cars - any vehicle parked in a zone where the speed limit is over 30mph should display a parking light (car or van) but the Highway Code distinction between 'should' and 'must' is advisory versus mandatory. Legally, he doesn't have to. It would appear here that no laws are being broken. If there are genuine concerns about the van inconveniencing local residents the driver may not be aware of this, in which case you could leave a (polite) note under the wiper. However, there is nothing you can do to force him to park elsewhere.
Answered by Craig Cheetham
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