By Steve McCurryBBC News 4The new van that will transform how people get around London has been dubbed the “leather van”.
It’s a new concept for the London borough of Hackney, where it’s being designed and built by the company called Bimbo Leather.
The van is made from leather, but also comes with other features such as the “black leather” seats, the leather harnesses and the “sling”.
Bimbo says it’s the first of its kind in the world.
Bimbie Leather is one of the biggest leather manufacturers in the UK and is a subsidiary of UK luxury company Hermes.
In this picture, a Bimbie van in HackneyThe company’s CEO, Simon McInnes, told the BBC: “The leather van is not a novelty, it’s not a new thing.
It’s something we’ve been talking about for years.”
What makes this concept so unique?
Mr McInnis said that it is not just a vehicle that could be used to transport people around, but it’s also a vehicle designed for the environment.
“It’s the cleanest vehicle we can imagine,” he said.
“Because it’s a car with no emissions, no carbon emissions, and the emissions are so low, they’re not like cars that are polluting.”
Mr Mcinnes added that it’s possible to have “the most efficient transport system in the whole world”.
It comes as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that he wanted to see more Londoners walking, cycling and taking public transport.
“I know I’ve seen it in my time as Mayor, and I know the Mayor will be pushing this idea,” he told the Radio Times.
“If we don’t see more people walking and cycling, and more people getting on and off public transport, then we’re not going to be able to solve the problems that we’re facing.”
And it will be even worse for the climate.
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Source BBC News (Image: Bimba Leather)