Background & Challenge
The current grant support for zero and ultra-low emission trucks is delivered through the 2016 extension to the Plug-in Van grant to cover N2 and N3 category vehicles. The plug in Van grant was established in 2012 (with criteria of 75g/km and 10 mile or 60 mile ZE range for PHEV or BEV vans respectively) and has not been revised since. To this point there have been very few N2/3 vehicles eligible for the grant and therefore limited uptake. However, several major OEMS and bespoke vehicle suppliers (e.g. refuse trucks) are now offering fully electric and Plug in Hybrid vehicles for sale. The current criteria for the N2/N3 truck grant is therefore no longer fully appropriate for the market and vehicles, and does not provide some information likely needed for widespread market uptake (range, energy consumption etc).
Zemo Partnership aims to secure funding from government to prepare detailed proposals for a revised version of what is currently termed the “extension of the Plug-In Van Grant for N2 and N3 vehicles”, to re-align it as a Plug-In Truck Grant (PITG).