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As Pollution From Online Shopping Grows, London Funds a Solution

  • Deliveries in electric vans instead of diesel slash emissions
  • Posten Norge and Alibaba making electric delivery vehicles
St. Paul's Cathedral is seen among the skyline through the smog in central London.
Photographer: Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images

London’s delivery companies are experimenting with electric vehicles to curb the smog spewed by vans distributing parcels packed with goods purchased on the Internet.

The U.K. capital’s transport authority is catalyzing the transition from diesel to battery-powered vehicles by funding Gnewt Cargo Ltd., which operates London’s largest all electric delivery fleet. Gnewt is part owned by shipping DX Group Ltd, counting TNT Express NV and Hermes Parcelnet Ltd. among its customers.