11 May

Leicester SMEs offered support to make zero emission vehicle fleet switch

Close up of electric car charging

Businesses in Leicester are being offered a scheme of support for changing to zero emission vehicle fleets.

Loughborough-based Cenex is delivering the scheme as part of the Net Zero Accelerator programme, which is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

It will support 15 firms which are ready to make the change and currently operate commercial van fleets of between two and 50 vehicles.

The businesses will gain a programme of support for SMEs to make the shift to zero emission vehicles by providing training and access to expert insight.

Advice will range from vehicle and charging infrastructure types and availability to identification of available grants, access to funding, procurement and installation.

Participating businesses will have access to:

  • Provision of easy to install telemetry devices to capture their vehicle usage patterns

  • Specialist support on-hand to answer any queries whilst enrolled on the support scheme.

Specialist training on low emission vehicles will covering topics including infrastructure, the operational, business and environmental case, and trialling and implementing vehicles.

The scheme, which will be delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams, is being run by the University of Derby and is open to businesses in several areas of the East Midlands.

Applicants must be able to provide up to 12 hours of their time to participate in web conferencing sessions.

They will also need to provide basic organisation and fleet details and, if applicable, be willing to partake in a short data logging trial using operational vehicles.

Participating organisations will leave the scheme with a CPD-accredited course certificate, tailored zero emission vehicle transition plan (covering cost and emission savings available), and the knowledge to implement the vehicles and infrastructure.

Sustainability is one of four pillars in the LLEP’s Economic Growth Strategy 2021-30. Priorities include sustainable businesses and transport.

  • The first session is on Thursday 19 May. For further information, and to register, click here.