‘Try before you buy’ electric vehicle scheme ‘beneficial’ for businesses in Kent

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An original £9.3 million investment was put forward to local authorities to encourage businesses with diesel vans to switch to electric with a free two-month trial. This is just one initiative being put forward by the Government to cut down on carbon emissions before the 2050 deadline of achieving carbon neutrality.

One of the first local authorities to take part in the scheme was Kent County Council, through the Kent Realising Electric Vans Scheme (REVS). 

They took delivery of 20 all-electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech and four Renault Zoe Vans, but are hoping that Kent REVS will eventually have a fleet of 48 EVs.

The Renault vans feature a bespoke Kent REVS livery that highlights their 100 percent electric power.

They also come equipped with satellite navigation and ply lining in the load area.

Susan Carey, Kent County Council’s Member for Environment, praised the scheme for its innovation. 

Speaking to the Express.co.uk she said: “The project was launched…with the aim that a trial of an eco-friendly vehicle will persuade firms of the positives of going electric.

“So far, we have loaned vehicles to 80 different businesses and organisations.

“We continue to receive strong interest in the scheme and encourage more Kent businesses to take advantage of the opportunity.

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“Kent County Council is also making the transition from petrol and diesel for its own fleet and by 2030 our target is to be 100 percent electric.”

There are currently plans in the works to expand the network of electric charging points across Kent.

The Kent REVS scheme is working alongside the Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme.

Its aim is to help business become more competitive and profitable while encouraging low carbon solutions.

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