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Extension on fleet efficiency incentives being considered

Date: 20/02/2014 12:47:09
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: David Howells

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is considering how to secure more government funding to extend green incentives beyond 2015, fleetnews.co.uk reports.

It is analysing a consultation document which outlines the provision of an additional £500 million funding to help encourage yet more fuel-efficient purchases between 2015 and 2020.

An announcement regarding the outcome will be made shortly, thereby giving plenty of time or draft up the potential package ahead of its roll out in April 2015.

Hopes are high that the extension of government incentives would help with the overall aim of ensuring that every vehicle on Britain's roads produces ultra-low emissions by 2050. Furthermore, in opening the scheme up to fleet managers, it is thought this will provide a much-needed kick start to the industry because, as head of consumer initiatives at OLEV, Anna West, says: "Where fleets lead, others will follow."

Speaking to evfleetworld.co.uk, she confirms: "We think there will be some form of purchase incentive available from April 2015 so the fleet market is supported in electric vehicle acquisition.

"We recognise that fleets are leaders and we need to get them on board to make sure our agenda to encourage adoption of ultra low emission vehicles is a success. We have had a fantastic response from fleets so far with almost 50 per cent grant uptake being from the business sector."

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