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Fleets invited to bid for £19m funding for greener vans and lorries

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has announced a £19 million funding pot to help commercial vehicle fleets adopt the latest in low and zero emission vehicle technologies.

Now open for bids, the scheme will be funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through Innovate UK, and will be open to SMEs as well as large fleets. Part of the funds will also go towards new alternative fuel infrastructure such as electric vehicle charge points.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We are always looking at new ways to make the vehicles on our roads cleaner, and this funding will support the freight industry to embrace the latest technology.

“The UK’s low emission vehicle industry is a huge success story and a source of strength in our economy. Today’s announcement is further proof that the government is leading the way as global demand for these vehicles grows.”

Speaking at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership annual conference, Andrew Jones also announced a low carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme, which will provide fleet operators with an independent validation of how much fuel they could save by adopting the latest retrofit technologies onto their existing vehicles. Although currently aimed at HGVs primarily, LowCVP managing director Andy Eastlake has said it would work for vans in some operations.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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