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Government backs green fleets to cut emissions

May 19, 2015
British businesses will be able to continue saving money and cutting their carbon footprint as the government announced on 25 March, 2015 that the ultra-low emission plug-in van grant will be extended.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer confirmed that the grant, which launched in 2012 and provides purchasers with a 20% discount off the upfront cost worth up to £8,000, would be extended to meet continued demand.

In addition to lower running costs, the scheme also allows businesses that purchase the vans to take advantage of a range of tax incentives, including zero vehicle excise duty and no congestion charges in London.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “Ultra-low emission vans are cheaper to run and with a variety of models now eligible for the grant, there has never been a better time for business to take advantage and start saving money. The government is supporting UK companies that are leading the way on cleaner and greener transport.”

Since 2012 the initiative has supported over 1,250 vans, with vehicle running costs potentially as low as 2p per mile.

For more information about the range of plug-in vans and other electric vehicles currently on the market visit

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