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THE LOW Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Cenex have published a new Low Emission Van Guide to coincide with this week’s CV Show in Birmingham and the revised licencing for drivers of alternatively fuelled vans announced by the DfT.
The number of vans licensed to operate in the UK has grown by 25% in ten years to 4.1 million vehicles so cleaning up their emissions – which now represent about 33% of all oxides of nitrogen and over 15% of the CO2 emissions from all road transport – has become an increasingly important focus for policy.
The introduction of clean air zones in London (ULEZ), Birmingham and Leeds, with other cities likely to follow, is adding to the impetus for fleet managers to consider low and zero emission vehicle options.
Reducing CO2 emissions also makes business sense as lower carbon vehicles can be cheaper to run. Rising public awareness about climate change and its impacts is adding to the pressure on both public and business operators to do – and be seen to do – everything they can to tackle this urgent challenge.
The Low Emission Van Guide, intended for use by van buyers, fleet managers and procurement leaders, provides an overview of low emission vans, the alternative fuels and technologies that can be used as well as providing advice on fleet management best practice.
It includes information on:
  • the low emission van market and range of government incentives for adoption available
  • the most appropriate technologies for circumstances relating to particular fleets
  • the key factors to consider in terms of low emission vans, fuels and related technologies
  • best practice options for cutting costs and emissions from conventional vehicles
  • a selection of ‘real world’ case studies showing what can be achieved
The guide looks at operational, financial and environmental considerations and a range of technology options including battery electric vans; plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles; charging infrastructure;  liquefied petroleum gas and BioLPG; compressed natural gas and biomethane; high blend biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cell and dual fuel options.
LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “Van use is one of the most important and complex road transport sectors.
“It’s been growing rapidly and represents a major source of the polluting emissions which we urgently need to tackle from both air quality and climate change perspectives. Government has committed to all new vans in 2040 being effectively zero emissions, so we need to move now if we’re going to get fast enough down that Road to Zero.
“Technology is advancing rapidly in many areas and it’s vital that fleet managers are up-to-speed with the latest options. This new guide should help them get close to the forefront of developments and plan for the future.”
Cenex’s Head of Transport, Steve Carroll added: “With van ownership cycles being anywhere up to eight years, it’s essential that fleets now start to investigate, trial and understand how to successfully implement lower emission vehicle technology options so they can form part of a future-proof fleet replacement strategy.”

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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com


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