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Low Carbon Van Procurement Information Day

Low carbon vans could be a step closer after the first information event for the Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP).

Following its recent appointment as the Department for Transport’s delivery partner for the programme, Cenex has just hosted an event aimed at technology and vehicle providers to discuss the first phase of the programme focused on the procurement of a lower-carbon van.

The procurement aims to deliver a vehicle offering significant improvement in carbon emissions over current best-in-class models. Currently there is no lower-carbon van model available on the mass UK market, despite the fact that technology options exist for improving vans’ carbon performance. Successful introduction of a lower-carbon model into the UK van fleet has the potential to achieve substantial carbon reductions over time.

The idea is to invite potential suppliers to bid to supply low carbon vans, initially to a group of major fleets. The deal is part of a plan to stimulate the development and use of low carbon vans in the UK. The programme has £20m to spend, provided by the Department for Transport, and £30m more if early results go well.

Cenex, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technology, wants firms with either low carbon or all-electric vans to bid for the supply of up to 200 vans for a first phase and then “significantly larger numbers” for the second phase. The cash will help operators and vehicle makers cover the additional capital and running costs for these development vehicles.

“Interested firms need to look at and make sure they contact us without delay” said Adrian Vinsome, project manager for Cenex. “We’ll send them a ‘pre-qualification questionnaire’ that they must complete and get back to us by Friday 12 September if they want to be considered.”

Contact Adrian Vinsome on +44 (0)1509 635 757.