Electric vehicle program – ‘Try before buying’ Kent businesses

Local authorities were offered a PS9.3million investment to help encourage diesel-powered van owners to make the switch to electric. They also received a two-month free trial. The Government is promoting this initiative to reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Kent County Council was one of the first to participate in the scheme through the Kent Realising Electric Vans Scheme. (REVS).

The couple took delivery of four Renault Zoe Vans and 20 Renault Kangoo E-Tech all-electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech, but they hope Kent REVS will soon have 48 EVs.

Renault vans are equipped with a Kent REVS Livery, which highlights the 100 percent electric power of their vehicles.

These vehicles also have satellite navigation and are equipped with ply-lining in the loading area.

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Kent County Council also makes the switch from petrol and diesel to its fleet, and our goal is to go 100 percent electric by 2030.

There are plans to increase the number of charging stations across Kent.

Together with the Low Carbon Across the South and East programme (LoCASE), the Kent REVS scheme works alongside it.

The goal of the program is to increase business’s competitiveness and profitability while encouraging low-carbon solutions.

This program provides grant assistance for up to PS10,000 in business, along with training workshops and full-finance events.

Edibleculture is a supplier of gardening products and purchased a Renault Kangoo I ZE electric vehicle.

Chris Williams, director of Edibleculture spoke out about potential investments in an electric van.

He stated that he had an electric van as well as an older diesel van. We’re now looking for a larger electric van.

We wouldn’t be able to buy an electric van if we didn’t get 40 percent of it back, along with the cost for the van. This LoCASE grant funded this van.

We also received a grant for a charging station at work. The incentives were really great and have really helped us.

We would be grateful for any type of grant or business incentive that could help us to make this change.

This scheme has the key advantage of reducing carbon emissions for both individuals and businesses.

The new electric vans will allow for an annual carbon emission reduction of approximately 1.93 tonnes.

It is expected that the business will also make savings of PS2,290 annually in diesel.

Publited Sat 31 July 2021 at 03:02:34 +0000

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