‘Try before you purchase’ is a phrase that many people use. Kent firms will benefit from an electric vehicle initiative.
HIGHWAYS England is forging forward with its “try before you buy” electric car program, with more councils joining the project.
Local governments were given a £9.3 million grant to encourage firms with diesel vans to switch to electric with a free two-month trial. This is just one of the government’s initiatives to reduce carbon emissions before the 2050 target for reaching carbon neutrality.
Kent County Council, under the Kent Realising Electric Vans Scheme, was one of the first local governments to join the scheme (REVS).
Kent REVS has received 20 all-electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech vans and four Renault Zoe Vans, with the goal of eventually having a fleet of 48 EVs.
The Renault vans have a custom Kent REVS livery that emphasizes their electric prowess.
Satellite navigation is also included, as well as ply lining in the cargo compartment.
Kent County Council Member for Environment Susan Carey applauded the concept for its creativity.
“The project was launched…with the goal of persuading corporations of the benefits of turning electric through a trial of an eco-friendly vehicle,” she told This website.
“We’ve given automobiles to 80 different businesses and organizations thus far.
“The scheme continues to generate a lot of interest, and we want more Kent businesses to take advantage of it.
“Kent County Council is also transitioning its own fleet away from gasoline and diesel, with the goal of being all electric by 2030.”
There are now initiatives in place to increase Kent’s network of electric charging stations.
The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) program is collaborating with the Kent REVS scheme.
Its goal is to assist businesses in being more competitive and profitable while also promoting low-carbon alternatives.
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The initiative offers up to £10,000 in subsidies to businesses, as well as training sessions and fully supported events.
Edibleculture, a gardening supply company, is one of the service customers, having purchased a Renault Kangoo I ZE electric van.
Edibleculture’s Director, Chris Williams, discussed the possibility of further investments in an electric van.
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