A new category for vans powered by clean alternative fuels - Clean Fleet Van of the Year - has been introduced by the Motor Transport Awards.

While only 1% of the 311,000 vans under 3.5 tonnes sold last year were electric, there is a growing appetite among fleet operators for low emissions vehicles and this new award is for the clean van below 7.5 tonnes GVW that is leading the way from drawing board to volume sales. It can be powered by any low emissions alternative to diesel including batteries, hydrogen, biofuels and hybrid drivetrains.

Fleet operators cannot afford to have vehicles that are merely green window dressing – vans have to be workhorses capable of putting in a shift, day in, day out, reliably and cost-effectively.

This award is for the low emissions van that can demonstrate to fleet buyers that IT is a tool that can do the job, with the range, payload and driveability customers need. It is open to both OEMs and aftermarket convertors and entries are invited from manufacturers who can show their vehicle is more than just a prototype, even though it is not yet in full-scale mass production.

The deadline to enter the Motor Transport Awards is 21 February so download an entry form now.