The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is a UK Government team supporting the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and zero emission vehicles (ZEV), providing over £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of their development, manufacture and use. It is anticipated that this will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.
The support the OZEV provides helps to make a compelling case to switch to electric vans, including sizeable grants to deduct from the purchase price of the van as well as from recharging points. It sounds complicated but CoolKit is well-positioned to help you navigate this new landscape.
The most popular type of electric vans are Battery Electric Vehicles, (BEV for short), which use rechargeable high voltage batteries. BEVs use electric motors and motor controllers instead of internal combustion engines (ICEs) for propulsion.
Less common is the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (or PHEV), which can be charged externally or whilst being driven, and run as BEVs during their charge-depleting mode.
The case for BEV ownership is a strong one when considering Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). These factors all make the operation of a BEV a far more appealing proposition that the outwardly more affordable diesel-engine alternatives: