There are plenty of misconceptions about alternatively fuelled vehicles, but reliable information from independent sources makes it easier to find a solution that suits you.

What is a low emission vehicle?

There’s no single definition of a ‘low emission vehicle’, but there are some useful things you can use as a guide. Euro engine standards like Euro V/VI, for example, set limits for vehicle emissions such as nitrogen oxide; as a general rule, the more modern the vehicle, the higher the Euro Standard – and cleaner its engine – should be.

Air quality initiatives

Many cities across the country will be rolling out various types of low emission zone, which aim to reduce exhaust emissions by making vehicles that don’t conform to their standards pay to enter.

London is currently leading the way, with the Low Emission Zone, Congestion Charge Zone and the upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone.

London’s low emission zones

Low emission zone

The Low Emission Zone covers most of Greater London, with larger vans and minibuses needing to meet Euro 3 standards and HGVs Euro IV to avoid being charged and be tightened to Euro 6/VI from October 2020.

Congestion charge zone

The Congestion Charge Zone offers a 100% discount to vans of 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight that emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and meet Euro 5 standards.

Ultra low emission zone

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will replace the T-Charge in April 2019 and mean diesel vehicles need to be Euro 6/VI standard and petrol vehicles Euro 4.

LoCITY commercial vehicle finder

There’s a growing number of alternatively fuelled vehicles on the market, so choosing one for your organisation could be daunting. That’s why we’ve launched the LoCITY Commercial Vehicle Finder to help you:

  • Find a fuel type that’s right for you
  • See what vehicle models fit the bill
  • Find different options for different operations
Commercial Vehicle Finder

Eligibility for plug-in van grant

A list of vans that emit less than 75g of CO2/km from the tailpipe and have a zero-emission range of at least 10 miles, are eligible for a government purchase price subsidy of up to £8,000 or 20% of their total cost up to a maximum of £8,000

Plug in car grants - list

Watch our case study video surrounding the operational effectiveness of alternatively-fuelled vehicles

Download the best practice guide

Our Best Practice Guide can help you find out everything you need to know about alternative fuels, including:

  • How to switch to and use alternative fuels safely
  • The different factors to consider when choosing a fuel type or vehicle
  • Where to access specific details on vehicles, clean air zones and regulations
LoCITY Alternative Fuels