Plug-In Electric Van Grant UK: Which Zero-Emission Vans Are Eligible?

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Though The Limelight For Electric Driving Has Been Largely Taken By All-Electric Passenger Cars, Battery-Electric Vans Remain Crucial For The Long-Term Success For The UK Air Quality Ambitions!


Though the mainstream press has been galvanised and inspired by the fast moving migration to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, the majority of the press narrative features award-winning pure electric passenger cars, like the famed Tesla Model 3 EV and the Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV. The mention of electric commercial vans, like the all-electric Nissan e-NV200, has been far less.

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The All-Electric Nissan e-NV200 Commercial Van (credit: Nissan)

We encourage the UK press to also cover zero-emission electric vans with the same enthusiasm as the coverage of electric cars. Electric vans have a vital role to play in the UK transportation framework for the next many decades.

Electric vans or plug-in electric vans fall under the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) segment. According to the latest new van registrations figures from the SMMT (October 2020), year-to-date 236,883 vans have been registered in the United Kingdom.

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Registrations Of Vans UK (credit: SMMT)

Though the SMMT does not release data on the registrations of pure electric vans, in our assessment, the total number of plug-in electric vans in the UK remains under 10,000 i.e. a very small market share of the commercial van market. There are over 3.5 million vans in the UK!

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Mercedes Benz e-Vito Electric Van (credit: Mercedes-Benz)

However, this is all set to change rapidly, as the UK government moves a gear higher in the execution of its ‘Road to Zero Strategy‘. In November 2020, the UK government announced its intention to move forward the ban date for the sale of new petrol and diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles from 2040 to 2030.

Moreover, post Covid-19 we expect to see ‘clean air zones‘ become a priority for cities across the United Kingdom, such that, tailpipe emission commercial vans will be banned from the city centres with an objective of improving air quality. Put another way, we expect only zero-emission electric vans to be allowed in city centres. November 2020 also saw the extension of the ULEZ zone in London, a step towards improving air quality in London.

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Which Electric Vans Are Eligible For UK The Plug-In Van Grant?


Only 18 new electric vans are eligible for the plug-in van grant (vehicle category N1, N2 or N3). Eligible fully electric vans should be able to travel a distance of 60 miles on a single charge.


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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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