UK Government to Reportedly Ditch Limos in Favor of Electric Vehicles

BMW i3 in the UK

FEB 11 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, says that his cabinet may become the first in the world to swap out executives limos for electric vehicles.

Nissan LEAFs in the UK

Nissan LEAFs in the UK

The idea is that ministers in the UK will lead by example, so ditching the traditional limos in favor of EVs should convince the public there that plug-ins are ready for primetime.

This makes perfect sense to us, especially since the UK is trying to promote EV growth, despite the public showing little interest.

According to the Standard, a source within the cabinet stated:

“We already have hybrid cars in the ministerial fleet.  Why shouldn’t the ministerial car fleet become one of the first test-beds for the widespread roll-out of electric cars?”

Treasury minister Danny Alexander is claimed to be a strong supporter of electric vehicle and is perhaps the driving force behind this limos-to-EVs plan.

The plan is tentatively reported to start in Spring, though details have not yet been released.

If you reside in the UK and happen to see high-ranking officials driving electric vehicles instead of limos, know that it’s all part of a grand plan to convince buyers to buy more EVs.

Source: The Standard

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The timing is curiously the same as the right hand drive Model S delivery. It seems like the locally built LEAF would be the politically correct choice though. Maybe they will get a little of everything.

Teslas for everyone! 😉

I’m looking forward to seeing the world’s first bullet proof Leaf, although with the flooding we have been getting a submarine Leaf might be better suited!

I seem to remember hearing a rumor about Tesla having to increase the space in the back seat of the Model S for the Chinese market. Anyone know anything on that?

If true, that would make an excellent executive car. Up-armor it, and put in bullet proof glass, and you’re good.

The only problem with this plan, is that if any far-right nutter politicians get ahold of one of these, they will intentionally run it out of charge, Top Gear style.

I believe the provincial government in Quebec has put out a bid to have its Minister’s ICE vehicles replaced by electric ones. From what I’ve heard, the stated requirements mean that only Tesla can win the contract.

C’mon Eric, you could have at least used that picture from one of your previous article 🙂

http://www.plugincars.com/worlds-only-nissan-leaf-limousine-makes-grand-debut-122396.html

On a more serious note, great move, UK.

ahhh the 48kWh leaf !

No congestion charge.