Kent REVS Van Trial
Kent REVS up for Cleaner Air
Trial an electric van for free
Join over 130 businesses in Kent that have already trialled an electric van (EV) and are demonstrating their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
Kent County Council have successfully secured £1.5 million if Highways England Funding for an innovative electric van scheme.’Kent REVS Up for Cleaner Air’ is an electric van (EV) trial scheme run by Kent County Council, providing businesses with the opportunity to try an electric van. The aim is that organisations would see the benefits and ease of owning and running an EV. The project contributes to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 for the county, a key aspiration of the Kent & Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy.
There are 39 vans currently available to trial for free, for up to 2 months, with a further 9 vans due to be delivered in 2022. The scheme is available to businesses, charities and public sector organisations in Kent and Medway who wish to try before they buy.
Benefits of an electric van
Sustainability is a key consideration for consumers, switching your work vehicle to an EV and demonstrating your business’ values will also:
- save money on fuel and maintenance
- reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in the communities you serve
- get ahead of the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030
With Kent REVS, businesses have experienced for themselves what it would be like to own an EV. We have received positive feedback so far, with over 20 businesses already switching to or committed to a future purchase or lease.
The scheme ends in January 2023, so apply for a trial van before November 2022. If you’d like more information on this scheme or to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will be in touch.
Your business may also be eligible for a grant towards a second-hand electric vehicle through our low carbon business support programme LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South and East). Grants are capped at £5k for second hand EV’s only.
A small charity, Spadeworks, run a farm shop, garden centre and café and provide day service for adults with learning disabilities. They used a REVS van for delivering fruit and veg boxes.
Susan Smith, Transport Manager at Farleigh Coaches trialled an electric crew van to reduce their emissions. She said, ‘It has performed really well, it’s definitely educated us and I think we will be investing in electric soon.’