Low Emission Van Guide published by LowCVP and Cenex


The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Cenex have published a new Low Emission Van Guide which provides an overview of low emission vans, the alternative fuels and technologies available, as well as providing advice on fleet management best practice.

This coincides with this week’s CV Show in Birmingham and the revised licensing for drivers of alternatively fuelled vans.

The number of vans licensed to operate in the UK has grown by a quarter in ten years to 4.1 million vehicles so cleaning up their emissions – which now represent about 33% of all oxides of nitrogen and over 15% of the CO2 emissions from all road transport - has become an increasingly important focus for policy.

The Low Emission Van Guide includes information on the low emission van market and range of government incentives for adoption available, and the most appropriate technologies for circumstances relating to particular fleets. It also covers the key factors to consider in terms of low emission vans, fuels and related technologies, as well as a selection of ‘real world’ case studies showing what can be achieved.

This guide looks at operational, financial and environmental considerations and a range of technology options including battery electric vans; plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles; charging infrastructure;  liquefied petroleum gas and BioLPG; compressed natural gas and biomethane; high blend biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cell and dual fuel options.

LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “Van use is one of the most important and complex road transport sectors. It’s been growing rapidly and represents a major source of the polluting emissions which we urgently need to tackle from both air quality and climate change perspectives. Government has committed to all new vans in 2040 being effectively zero emissions, so we need to move now if we’re going to get fast enough down that Road to Zero.

“Technology is advancing rapidly in many areas and it’s vital that fleet managers are up-to-speed with the latest options. This new guide should help them get close to the forefront of developments and plan for the future."

Print copies of the Low Emission Van Guide will be available at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham (30 April – 2 May) from several stands, including BVRLA (Stand F403), Commercial Motor (4G35) Autogas Ltd (3E30) and Ford (FE10 & FE20).

It can also be downloaded here