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Oct 26, 2016

ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLES * UK - Businesses will benefit from grants up to £20,000

* England - £4 million boost to help businesses switch vans and trucks to electric

--- The government is committing an additional £4 million to the Plug-In Van grant scheme extending the eligibility to larger electric vehicles... Businesses will now benefit from grants up to £20,000 when switching their large trucks to electric vehicles, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced during a 3 day visit to Japan where he is meeting Japanese automotive companies... The Plug-In Van grant has been available to small commercial vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes since 2012, but sales of new electric vans have remained limited... Electric vans and trucks have significant air quality benefits, as they spend much of their time in towns and city centres and over 96% of them are diesel-powered... The government is now committing an additional £4 million to the scheme so that all vans and trucks meeting the necessary requirements are eligible as part of the drive to reduce carbon emissions from transport use... 
(Photo: UK electric truck maker Modec) -- London, EN, UK - Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, by Hon Greg Clark MP, Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles First - 23 October 2016

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