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Government grant for hybrid vans to end soon

22 February 2013 #CV Sector #Logistics #News #Sales #Top Stories #Van

A government scheme offering a discount on greener vans and minibuses is to end next month.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP), run by the Department for Transport (DFT), offers public sector fleets a subsidy of more than £3,400 off of every new Ashwood Hybrid Transit light commercial vehicle (LCV). However, any offers made after 31March 2013 will not qualify for the grant.

By collecting wasted energy to help the engine burn fuel, the Ashwoods Hybrid Transit reduces diesel consumption by “up to 25%”, subsequently reducing fuel bills and carbon emissions. Ashwoods, the sole supplier of hybrid vans to the programme, offers the Hybrid Transit as a chassis cab, minibus on panel van.

Mark Roberts, Managing Director of Ashwoods Automotive, said: “This is a great opportunity for public sector fleets to access funding that will help cut carbon and save money. The Government funding is only there for the first 500 orders. We have a few places remaining and will fill them on a first come, first serve basis.”

Ashwoods says that the grant provides a return on investment after the first 20,000 miles, and that the process “can be completed in a matter of days.”