Government subsidises eco-cars

Housing associations can now buy eco-friendly cars for the same price as standard vehicles, due to a new government initiative. The move is part of the Department for Transport's Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme (LCVPP), which aims to encourage public sector organisations to promote and use greener cars. The initiative, which covers central and local government bodies, means the department will provide a subsidy of more than £3,400 per vehicle to cover the cost difference between a Ford Transit and a hybrid equivalent. The only approved model in the initiative is the Ashwoods Hybrid Transit, which is available as a chassis cab, minibus or panel van. Martin Kadhim, business development director at Ashwoods Automotive, said the deal made social and economic sense for housing associations. She said: "This is a unique opportunity for the Social Housing sector to cut fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions from transport. "Light commercial vehicles play an important role within any housing association; this is an opportunity to procure a proven environmental technology that delivers a real return on investment."

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