Vans are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emitted from transport, and they now account for 12% of road transport emissions in the EU.

Between 1995 and 2010, the emissions of light-duty commercial vehicles increased by 26%. Meanwhile, fuel bills represent one-third of the total cost of ownership of a van, making fuel an important business cost.

What’s happening?

Due to the current weak EU CO2 standard for vans, which allows a fleet-average of 147g/km for all new vans sold from 2020 onwards, there is a very limited supply of electric vans on the market. This is despite the fact that the business case – or the total cost of ownership – for companies to choose zero emission models is already there, especially for small vans and urban delivery vehicles.

In 2019, the EU decision-makers agreed the post-2020 CO2 targets for light commercial vehicles, or vans: requiring a 15% reduction in average CO2 emissions of new vans in 2025 and a 31% reduction by 2030. This is complemented by voluntary sales targets for electric vans of 15% in 2025 and 30% in 2030. Overshooting this – by selling more electric vans than the minimum – would relax the overall CO2 target for van makers, serving as an incentive to ramp up supply of zero emission models.

Vans are one of the fastest growing sources of CO2 emissions from transport