Low carbon light commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashwoods supplies the scheme with its diesel/electric Hybrid Transit, which is based on the rear-wheel drive Ford Transit. It is the only vehicle the DfT has approved for LCVPP, which subsidies the price difference, about £3400 per vehicle, between the Hybrid Transit and a standard diesel van.

Jason Clarke, Energy and Environmental Manager of City University, said:  “The LCVPP Phase 2 Grant funding is a great opportunity for City to replace a vehicle in our fleet that is going to be reducing our carbon emissions as well as costing in over its lifespan.”

LCVPP was established to help public sector organisations such as central and local government bodies to become early adopters of low carbon vehicles. It has now been extended to cover universities, colleges and housing associations.

The Ashwoods Hybrid Transit is available as a chassis cab, minibus or panel van.