In a webinar hosted by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), Lizzie Culwick, Joint Head of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) discussed van decarbonisation and also elaborated on next steps.

With the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate coming into effect from 1 January 2024, more electric vans are being brought into the market. The mandate requires at least 10% of new van sales in 2024 to be on qualifying zero-emission models, with the proportion increasing every year.

One issue currently affecting electric vans is that an electric van weighing more than 3.5t is still classed as an HGV and as such requires an MOT test after 12 months. It is also speed restricted, while tachograph regulations come into effect if the vehicle travels more than 100kms from base.

In response to this Culwick noted that “we are continuing to work with our colleagues across DfT to make sure that the principle of not being penalised just because you're driving a zero-emission vehicle that has a slightly heavier weight does not become a barrier.”

Culwick also stated that “decarbonisation of vans is really crucial to our efforts to decarbonise our road transport system and reach net zero by 2050”.

The NFDA will be monitoring any further governmental developments on this issue.

For more information on the webinar, please refer to the link.