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OLEV is changing its name to OZEV

Posted December 21, 2020 by Roseanne

The governmental team supporting the transition to EVs has changed its name to align with the UK govt’s plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.


In November 2020, the UK government announced that:

  • The sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2030 (with the exception of hybrids that can drive a “significant distance with zero emissions”).
  • All new vehicles sold from 2035 must be fully zero emission.
In line with these ambitions, the governmental team responsible for this part of the policy agenda has announced that it will rename itself.

Formerly known as the “Office for Low Emission Vehicles” (or “OLEV”), it will from now on be known as the “Office for Zero Emission Vehicles” (or “OZEV”).

They released the following statement:

“To align with the government’s net-zero ambitions, last month the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) which is the government unit responsible for overseeing the transition to zero-emission cars and vans, was renamed to The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).”

We expect that while the industry adjusts to the change, the names “OLEV” and “OZEV” will be used interchangeably for a time.


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