About us

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.

Responsibilities

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

Priorities

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.

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