Zero Emission Vehicle Policy

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).


  • To establish robust eligibility criteria and the corresponding test requirements to enable support mechanisms to encourage the uptake of zero and ultra-low emission trucks. This would apply only to HGVs with significant zero tailpipe emission range capability, as verified by appropriate robust testing.

    (Note: links to ULEB & ULEV scheme criteria)

    Actions & Outputs

    Development of the scheme through a project steering group with DfT and member input



    Scheme proposals by June 2021

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

Commercial Vehicle Emissions Consultant

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