New AutoMotive launches Electric Van Count to track van fuel transition

Green motoring consultancy New AutoMotive has launched Electric Van Count (EVC) to track the UK’s transition of vans from diesel to electric, analysing progress in meeting the UK government’s ambition to phase out sales of diesel and petrol vans from 2030 and hybrids from 2035.
New AutoMotive launches Electric Van Count to track van fuel transition
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The Electric Van Count report will be published monthly and will include stunning interactive data graphics and expert analysis. A detailed report will break down every new van registered in the UK by fuel type, manufacturer and market share. The report and all data will be freely available to view or download. June’s Electric Van Count shows nearly one in ten (8 percent) of all new vans registered were fully electric, having doubled from the vans registered in June 2021.

The new van market is dominated by diesel vehicles. Typically more than 90 percent of new vans are diesel, but electric van sales have started to grow with 33,500 electric vans now on Britain’s roads.

The UK is entering a pivotal phase in its transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The government’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate will require a percentage of manufacturer’s new car and van sales to be zero emission each year from 2024. After recently ending the Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) scheme the government is now focused on improving public charging infrastructure and supporting the purchase of electric taxis, trucks and vans.

The Electric Van Count, which has already received support from key industry players such as Arrival and EV100, will provide measurability and transparency around the electrification of vans - as well as expert insight and analysis of this data.

“The only way we can move the needle on electric vans is to be conscientious in how we monitor the transition” said Ciara Cook, Policy Officer at New AutoMotive. “Data is so crucial as it shows an unbiased view of how the industry is moving and where it needs further support. As it stands, more than nine in ten vans sold are diesel - the electric van market is still in early stages.

The opportunity is now for this market to capitalise on the electric car momentum, and based on our data the same trajectory is possible with electric vans. The upcoming ZEV Mandate is an opportunity for the government to drive the electric van market forward.

The policy itself needs to be ambitious and incentivise manufacturers to exceed industry targets - it’s a critical time and we can’t be complacent. Just as we’ve seen with the success of our Electric Car Count, we’re excited to launch the Electric Van Count to bring the same momentum change and accountability to the van market in its transition.”

Dominic Finn, Senior Policy Manager at EV100, added that through EV100, the UK’s largest fleets have committed to purchase only EVs by 2030 and that the demand for EVs has never been stronger, but more must be manufactured to meet demand and maintain this momentum.

“New AutoMotive’s Electric Van Count (EVC) will play an important role in helping understand the take up of subsegments and brands within the electric van market by providing crucial reliable, accessible data” said Mr Finn.

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