Parcel delivery services and other businesses in the UK that routinely utilise commercial vehicles may be able to jump into the new Plug-In Car Van Grant that is being offered by the coalition government. The new grant offers as much as £8000 to anyone that purchases an electric van in an effort to encourage people to continue to choose environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
Justine Greening, the transport secretary, stated that there are seven models of electric vans included in the grant right now, but there will be more added as time goes on. For the time being, vehicles that made the cut include the Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell, Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric, Ecomile Faam, and the Raam Jolly 200. Later in the year Smith Electric, Mia, and Renault will also have electric vans that will be eligible for the grant.
Greening accepted the need to drive for daily life and for business, but has also warned that alternative transport needs to be accepted because in the future when carbon emissions and climate change become more devastating alternative forms of transportation are going to be a necessary and not a rarity.
Managing director of British Gas New Markets, Gearoid Lane, claimed that his fleet will likely build over the next few years taking advantage of hundreds of electrical vehicles. He stated that the grant extension will allow businesses to help reduce their carbon emissions and be a great move towards making the British industry a bit greener.