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AFV training

Global Transport Academy


£79 inc VAT
Or £26.33/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online + live classes
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Video with subtitles and transcript
5 hours · Part-time
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students


This course is for anyone that wants to driver an alternative fuelled vehicle using their normal car license. After completing this course you will be able to driver an AFV including electric vans of up to 4.25 tonnes.


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In the pursuit of a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation system, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) have emerged as game-changers in the UK. As the country takes decisive steps to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, AFVs offer a promising solution. In this blog post, we will explore the various types of AFVs and their significance in the UK context.

  1. Electric Vehicles (EVs): Electric vehicles have taken the UK by storm. With the government's ambitious plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, EVs are at the forefront of the green revolution. By relying on rechargeable batteries and electric motors, EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, contributing to cleaner air and reduced carbon footprint. To encourage adoption, the government offers grants and tax benefits, while the expansion of charging infrastructure ensures convenient access to charging points.
  2. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): For those who seek a balance between electric and combustion engine capabilities, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are an excellent choice. PHEVs combine the best of both worlds, offering electric driving for shorter distances and a combustion engine for longer trips. The versatility of PHEVs addresses range anxiety concerns and promotes a smoother transition to electric mobility. Similar to EVs, PHEVs qualify for government grants and incentives, driving their popularity in the UK.
  3. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs): The UK is also embracing the potential of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. FCVs use hydrogen gas stored in fuel cells to generate electricity, emitting only water vapor as a byproduct. This technology offers a longer range and faster refueling times compared to EVs. The government is investing in hydrogen infrastructure, including refueling stations and supporting the development of fuel cell technology, particularly for commercial applications such as buses and trucks.
  4. Biofuel Vehicles: Biofuels derived from renewable sources are playing an essential role in reducing emissions from conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. The UK has implemented the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), requiring fuel suppliers to incorporate a certain percentage of renewable fuels in their sales. Ethanol and biodiesel, the most common types of biofuels, contribute to meeting these targets and help mitigate the environmental impact of transportation.
  5. Charging Infrastructure: A robust charging infrastructure is crucial to support the growing adoption of AFVs in the UK. To meet this demand, the country is expanding its network of public charging stations. Initiatives like the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme and Workplace Charging Scheme are focused on increasing access to charging points in residential areas and workplaces. By enhancing convenience and alleviating range anxiety, the charging infrastructure accelerates the transition to AFVs.
  6. Government Support: The UK government has demonstrated its commitment to promoting AFVs through various financial incentives and policies. The Plug-in Car Grant and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provide financial support for those purchasing AFVs. Moreover, the implementation of low-emission zones and congestion charges in certain cities encourages the use of cleaner vehicles while discouraging high-polluting ones.

Conclusion: As the UK charts its path towards a greener future, alternative fuel vehicles are key players in transforming the transportation landscape. Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and biofuel vehicles offer viable alternatives to traditional petrol and diesel cars, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. With the government's strong commitment, supportive policies, and expanding charging infrastructure, AFVs are becoming increasingly accessible and appealing to UK consumers. By embracing these vehicles, we can drive towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Who is this course for?

The training will enable you to driver, using your normal car driver license (cat B) the following vehicles up to 4.25 tonnes.

Electricity vehicle

Hydrogen vehicle

Natural gas vehicle

Liquefied petroleum gas vehicle


category B car license

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