What we do

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). We are providing over £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of ULEV development, manufacture and use. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.


We are responsible for:

  • grants to reduce the upfront cost of new ULEVs
  • a programme of research through the Technology Strategy Board and supporting wider green growth opportunities
  • encouraging UK businesses to seize commercial opportunities in the ULEV sector
  • raising awareness, developing and strengthen the capability of ULEV manufacturing, demonstration and the associated UK supply chain
  • a nationwide recharging infrastructure strategy, including funding to eight pilot areas under the Plugged-in Places programme
  • contributing to the development of new carbon dioxide emissions standards


For 2013 our priorities are to:

  • ensure the UK remains one of the premier global markets for ULEVs
  • develop new initiatives to overcome barriers to uptake of ULEVs
  • work jointly with the major ULEV manufacturers on public communications
  • refresh our plug-in vehicle infrastructure strategy
  • provide grants to reduce the up front cost of new ULEVs
  • work with industry in the next phase of the joint industry-government UKH₂Mobility project on hydrogen for transport
  • support research and development and the ULEV supply chain

Who we are

OLEV comprises staff and funding from:

We are also supported by staff on secondment from industry and academia.

We work on these topics

  1. Transport

    Safe and dependable transport is essential to UK society and the economy. The government is working to make rail, road, air and water transport more efficient and effective, keep them safe and secure, and reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions. Read more

  2. Climate change

    The government is working at home and abroad to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in low-carbon energy sources, improving fuel standards in cars and increasing energy efficiency wherever possible. Read more

Our policies

  1. Reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions from transport

    The government is taking steps to reduce carbon emissions from all forms of transport in the UK

See all our policies

Contact OLEV

Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road


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