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December 3, 2021

Government Grants for Electric Vans: What Funding is Available?

The UK Government has committed to meeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – this will ensure the UK ends its contribution to climate change. To meet this demand, every vehicle will need to be zero-emission at the tailpipe by this deadline. It’s without a doubt that this climate control initiative will impact businesses across the UK and preparations need to be made now.

We understand how daunting this can be, there’s a lot to consider and investments will need to be made. But what government grants are available for electric vans? Will you be eligible for funding? It’s normal to have these questions, but that’s why we’re here to help. 

In this post, we’re going to cover all there is to know about government grants for electric vans. We’ll cover what they are, which vehicles are eligible for it and how to apply. Once you’ve finished reading, we hope you’ll be equipped with all the information you need to make an informed decision for the future.

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Government Grants for Electric Vans

It’s normal to question the funding available. After all, changing the vans in your fleet or business is a big commitment and change to make. But the good news is, there are UK Government grants and funding available for electric and low emission vehicles.

The UK Government wants to help businesses and customers switch to electric vans with ease, whilst also reducing the up-front costs. The following grants will be given to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.

The size of the grant you can benefit from will depend on the category your van falls into. At the moment, there are seven categories in total that can benefit from Government funding. These are:

Small Van Grants

The grant will cover 35 percent of the entire purchase price, up to £3,000.

To qualify for a grant on a low-emission small van, they must have a gross vehicle weight of less than 2,500kg, release CO2 emissions less than 50g/km and should be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all.

Large Van Grants

The grant pays for 35 percent of the entire purchase price, up to £6,000.

To qualify for this low-emission grant on larger vans they must have a gross vehicle weight of between 2,500kg and 3,500kg. They’ll need to be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all. Not forgetting, they should only be emitting CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km.

But what vehicles are eligible for the grant? Does it cover all vehicle makes? Not necessarily, we’ve listed all of the vehicles that are eligible for government grants below. 

government grants for electric vans

Which Vehicles Are Eligible for It?

There’s one thing that you must be aware of though. Not all low-emission vehicles are eligible for funding support. The only vehicles that will qualify for this support can be found on the following list below. 

Small Vans:

Large vans:

As sales of electric-powered vans grow rapidly, at CoolKit, we’re here to meet the demand. We are focused on identifying the best solutions for our customers by applying extensive research, development and innovation.

At CoolKit, we stock a full-range brand new, unregistered fridge vans and freezer vans. We cover a broad range of manufacturers to ensure there’s something for everyone. We know how important fleet productivity is and that’s why we’re here to provide the solutions to those who are seeking environmentally friendly, alternative solutions to traditional fuel options.

We have invested deeply into electric van research as we want to help businesses across the UK meet the target without any stress, expensive hidden costs and confusion. We want businesses to feel prepared and positive about the changes coming.

We have learnt how best to convert BEV’s and PHEV’s into highly functional, reliable and durable refrigerated vehicles. Some of the vehicle’s we’ve built solutions for are:

  • Mercedes-Benz eSprinter
  • Nissan eNV200
  • Renault Kangoo ZE
  • Renault Master ZE
  • SAIC Maxus eDeliver3

There’s never been a better time to start preparing than now. Before you go ahead and make the switch, it’s worth considering the UK Government grants available.

How to Apply for Government Funding

There can be so much confusion about where to go for government funding. However, we’re going to remove that confusion and link all of the information you need to apply for the appropriate grants. 

The UK Government grant service can be used for creating new orders for a plug-in vehicle grant and to update and check existing orders. Of course, if you’re new to this – you’ll need to create a new account first.

For a new order, you’ll need your dealership reference number. To check or search an existing order, you’ll need your plug-in grant application number, your in-house reference number or the customer’s name or vehicle registration number.

But before applying for any grants, you need to ensure you’ve thoroughly read the previous information covered and checked out the UK Government user guidance portal for additional insights.

Are You Ready to Electrify Your Business? CoolKit Can Help!

We hope after reading this that you’ve had all the insights you need regarding the UK Government funding. We understand that there’s a lot to take in, but with the right experts on hand to help you make this transition – it’ll be a seamless process to look forward to.

If you’ve still got questions that need answering or you’re wondering what vans are available to suit your unique business needs, look no further. At CoolKit, we’ve got 15 years of trading experience so we’ve naturally become experts and specialists in what we do. 

Our team of specialists are always on hand to help and answer all of your queries. Start getting prepared today and give us a call! We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.