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Seven electric vans to qualify for £8,000 "green" discount

  • 21 February 2012
  • By George Barrow

Seven electric vans have been added to the government’s list of vehicles eligible for up to a 20% discount off the sticker price.

The Azure Dynamic Ford Transit Connect, Faam Jolly 2000, Faam Ecomile, Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell, Mia-electric Mia U, Smith Electric Edison and, the current International Van of the Year, the Renault Kangoo ZE, will all be eligible for the subsidy.

An extension of the plug-in grant for passenger cars, each of the eligible vans will receive a price reduction of up to £8,000, while businesses will be able to reclaim the full list price VAT on top.

Each of the vans named as part of the Plug-In Van Grant incentive must emit less than 75g/km CO2, meet EU safety standards, be capable of travelling at least 60 miles between charges and have a top speed of at least 50mph.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening, who launched the scheme today at County Hall in London, says: “The new Plug-in Van Grant – offering up to £8,000 off one of these seven innovative vans –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.”

Support for the scheme has already come from British Gas and BT, who have signalled their intent to add a number of electric vans to their fleet.

Gearoid Lane, MD of British Gas New Markets, says: “Extending electric car grants to cover fleet vehicles is a positive step in lowering emissions on our roads.

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.”


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