Fleet managers are often looking for ways to save money on their vehicles, such as searching for cheap van insurance UK online, installing on-board computers that monitor how efficient each vehicle is being driven and also investing in hybrid cars that can help with the cost of petrol. Petrol costs have been rising steadily recently, and as the UK has now lost its triple A credit rating prices are expected to rise even further in the upcoming weeks.
Petrol is also known to be one of the biggest causes of environmental damage not just to the UK, but the world as well. Add that to the fact that resources are slowly but surely dwindling and you can see why the government has started up a myriad of schemes in order to reduce the UK’s dependency on petrol. One of these schemes includes the Department for Transport’s (DfT) hybrid minibus and van programme, which is offering fleet managers from public sector organisations money off new Ashwoods Hybrid Transits.
The DfT’s Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP) offers a subsidy of £3,400 per vehicle, however this only applies to those that place an order before March the 31st. Discussing the programme, managing director of Ashwoods Automotive said: “This is a great opportunity for public sector fleets to access funding that will help cut carbon and save money. The Government funding is only there for the first 500 orders. We have a few places remaining and will fill them on a first come, first served basis.”
Central and local government bodies, housing associations, universities and further education establishments will all be allowed to apply for one of the new vehicles, which are based on the rear-wheel drive Ford Transit. There are three variations of the vehicle available depending on the organisations’ needs, including a chassis cab, a panel van and a minibus, all of which are the only vehicles that are currently approved by the DfT for the programme.
The vans also all include award-winning hybrid systems that capture wasted energy and use it in order to help the engine burn less fuel, leading to diesel consumption being reduced by up to twenty-five per cent. Furthermore, the van needs no charging, plugging in, or special treatment so can be used just like any other van whilst saving money on fuel and reducing harmful emissions.