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Zero Emission Van Plan 2024

posted on 25/03/2024
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Vans are the workhorses of the UK economy. One in ten workers – 3.4 million people – rely on a van for their job across a broad range of industries, from engineering and construction to emergency and rescue services. Commercial vehicles are the fastest growing part of the vehicle parc, however, as the latest Climate Change Committee progress report warns, ‘e-van sales are still lagging and remain significantly off track’.

Fleet operators are eager to make the transition to zero emission vans work but are struggling. Challenges with infrastructure – both public and private, regulation, as well as affordability and availability of suitable product are holding back their ability to move to zero emission vans.

To meet the 70% ZEV target for vans by 2030 operators need critical support now. A giant leap is needed to move the market from 5.9% of new e-van sales in 2023 to where it needs to be. Without immediate support the transition will continue to stall or even grind to a halt, making the targets in later years impossible to reach. 

The Zero Emission Van Plan is a joint campaign by the BVRLA, Logistics UK, RECHARGE UK, the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) and the EV Cafe.  

Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), said: “Vans are the backbone of our economy, providing an essential form of transport and a mobile workspace. They are growing in number every year and account for a major portion of the miles driven up and down the country. If the UK is to meet its road decarbonisation targets, zero-emission vans must take centre stage. They are a vital player in the transition and command more attention."


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