Reports on the programme have now been published, please click here to download.

If you are interested to find out more about the programme please email the Cenex project team.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme, which ran from 2008 to 2013, is one of the largest trials of electric and hybrid commercial vehicles carried out in the UK to date. Funded by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and managed by Cenex, LCVPPP placed over 700 hybrid and electric panel vans from four different manufacturers within 77 public sector fleets.

The objectives of the LCVPPP were to stimulate demand for low CO2 vehicles and foster culture change in public sector fleets. The programme sought to stimulate suppliers to bring forward low carbon vans to meet customer demand and report on the performance of low CO2 vehicles in real-world driving conditions. The programme was designed to manage the risk of trialling new vehicles, promote innovation and help reduce the cost of low carbon vans.

Project Achievements

  • Trial of 700 electric and hybrid vans
  • Validation of the new technologies in public sector fleets
  • Providing evidence of learning, cost reduction and economies of scale for fleet operators and low carbon technology manufacturers

Cenex’s Role

Cenex acted as the programme manager for the Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme. Cenex was responsible for:

  • Communication with potential vehicle manufacturers
  • Providing technical information required during the procurement process
  • Led on stakeholder engagement, including preparation of a Stakeholder agreement, negotiation and signup of fleet partners
  • Management of the vehicle ordering
  • Management of the vehicle delivery mechanisms
  • Oversight of vehicle test and validation work
  • Oversight of the delivery and commissioning of vehicle at the partner fleet depots
  • Grant administration