Cash boost for electric van man

Published on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:24
Posted by Scott Buckler

The first vans eligible for the Government’s new Plug-in Car Van Grant, have been announced by Transport Secretary Justine Greening and Business Minister Mark Prisk today

Van buyers will be able to receive 20% – up to £8,000 – off the cost of this first wave of 7 plug-in vans.

At an event today to launch the eligible vans, which was supported by companies such as British Gas and BT as well as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Justine Greening said:

Our new grant demonstrates that you can be a motorist and still be pro-environment.

“Cars and vans are absolutely central to people’s lives – it’s how most of us get around and for many journeys they are, and will remain, the only practical and convenient travel choice. Nevertheless climate change is a global challenge we simply have to meet head on. It cannot be ignored or side-stepped.

“The new Plug-in Van Grant – offering up to £8,000 off one of these seven innovative vans – also makes business sense as it’s been estimated that a small electric van will typically cost £100 less in fuel for every thousand miles driven compared to a diesel equivalent.”

The way that vans are used and driven make them ideally suited to the switch to electric as they often have a predictable route and distance to travel each day; they make frequent stops; and many of them return to an overnight base where they can be easily recharged.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

“Vans are essential to the smooth running of so many businesses and contribute enormously to the UK economy. An upfront purchase grant, when combined with lower running costs and tax benefits, can make switching to an ultra low carbon van an attractive choice for those businesses.

“Now there are seven different models eligible for that support van buyers should be able to choose one they find easy on the eye as well as on the wallet.”

Businesses that run electric vans can benefit from reduced refuelling costs, are exempt from the van benefit charge, attract capital allowance concessions, and also receive a 100% discount for the congestion charge in the London.

The Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Paul Everitt said:

The Plug-In Van Grant and today’s detail on the 7 models eligible is excellent news for van drivers, operators, businesses and the industry. The savings on the initial purchase price, coupled with the tax advantages and very low running costs make a plug-in van an attractive proposition – particularly for those running local and back-to-base services.

“Home to a high level of low carbon R&D; and manufacturing activity, the UK is well placed to take full advantage of the ultra-low carbon vehicle sector. Incentives that support the development of a flourishing market will add to our competitive advantage.”

The first seven vans to be made eligible for the grants are;

Azure Dynamics – Transit Connect Electric
Daimler Mercedes-Benz – Vito E-Cell
Faam – JOLLY 2000
Mia-electric – Mia U
Renault – Kangoo ZE variants Kangoo VAN ZE, Kangoo Van Maxi ZE, and Kangoo Van Maxi Crew ZE
Smith Electric – Smith Edison variants SE2 and SE3

Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Markets, who have announced their ambition to have hundreds of electric vans in their fleets over the next few years, said:

“Extending electric car grants to cover fleet vehicles is a positive step in lowering emissions on our roads. With our network of engineers repairing boilers around the country we are keen to include electric vans in our own fleet, with 100s scheduled to be introduced over the next few years. We are also at the forefront of helping people with their own electric cars by installing charge points in homes up and down Britain.”

The eligible models are revealed on the same day a report is published by the Climate Group which shows the benefits low carbon vehicles can have if businesses adopt them into their fleets and provides companies with the advice and tools they need to make their good intentions a reality.

Ellen MacArthur, whose charity – the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – already uses an electric van, said:

We’ve been running a Renault electric van to help with the work of my Foundation and it is working really well for us. Today’s announcement means people will have more choice about the kinds of vans that they can drive and I am pleased to support this initiative.”

The Transport Secretary also announced today that the Mia Electric (Mia and Mia L models) has become the eleventh vehicle now eligible for the Plug-in Car Grant – a consumer grant of up to £5,000.


Brussels, 21 February 2012 - The first meeting of the EU-Jordan Task Force will take place at the
King Hussein Centre at the Dead Sea in Jordan on 22 February. The Task Force will demonstrate
the EU´s determination to accompany Jordan on its process of democratic reforms towards a just
and inclusive society with democratic rights, social justice and economic opportunity as key
features. It will be co-chaired by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and
Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, and Jordanian Prime Minister Awn
Khasawneh. Bernardino León, the EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean
Region, will also participate.
"Jordan is committed to pursuing a sustained pace of reforms which are vital for the consolidation
of the institutions, deepening democracy and the rule of law. 2012 will be crucial to consolidate
ambitious reforms. The EU is committed to accompanying Jordan on its historic journey. Even in a
challenging economic context the EU will ensure effective and substantial economic support to
back the ambitious Jordanian political reform programme. The Task Force meeting will deepen our
strong relationship and will act as a catalyst to ensure effective coordination by the EU and its
Member States, as well as other European and international bodies," said Catherine Ashton ahead
of the meeting.
The EU-Jordan Task Force is the second task force in the Southern Mediterranean since the Arab
Spring began, with the first held in Tunis in September 2011. It was set up to help address the
challenges Jordan is facing in its political and economic reform process. It also aims to coordinate
more efficiently the support of the EU, of its Member States and a number of European and
international bodies, with a particular focus on short- and mid-term policies and initiatives adopted
by the Jordanian government.
The Task Force meeting on 22 February will open with introductory remarks by the two co-chairs,
to be followed by a morning debate focused on political reforms and enhanced governance and an
afternoon debate that will look at economic reforms, development and employments issues.
Jordanian government officials and EU senior officials as well as representatives of Member States,
business leaders and representatives of international financial institutions will join the debate.
Additional initiatives of support are due to be announced.
The meeting of Task Force will be preceded on 21 February by special sessions with civil society,
political parties and business representatives. Key Jordanian representatives will be joined in by
European partners, including European Political Foundations, to foster dialogue and programmes on
political culture and leadership to support political party development and the building of Jordanian
citizenry. The Task Force will be debriefed on their findings.
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