UK Government To Lead By Example – Will Provide Plug-In Vehicle Purchase Funding To All Fleets
JUL 25 2014 BY MARK KANE
Because the best example often comes from the top, the government in the UK will provide to all of its car fleets funding to introduce plug-in cars and vans.
The £5 million ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) readiness project is just a small addition to recently announced £500 million initiative.
In the first step, more than 150 plug-in vehicles will be added to government fleets. The Government Car Service already began preparations to order the first electric cars by Autumn.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, stated:
“I am delighted the Government Car Service is leading the move to electric vehicles and I will be one of the first in line to use one. This is the right thing to do, with much lower running costs and close to zero emissions, these vehicles will save the taxpayer money and be much greener.”
“We are also investing significantly in ultra-low emission vehicles which will help ensure they play an important role in the UK economy as well as the environment.”
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer commented:
“Government must lead by example. Today’s investment will see government switching a significant number of plug-in cars and vans into our fleets and leading the electric charge.”
For the second step, the Autumn scheme will be expanded and allow wider public sector including councils, police forces and the NHS to participate by ordering a further 135 plug-in vehicles.
Together with cars, charging stations will be installed to support the new cars and vans.
“Cars and vans will be recommended on a like-for-like basis and the reviews will consider the whole life cost of the vehicles to ensure that each replacement makes economic sense.
“ULEVs will be a major area of future growth for the hugely successful UK automotive sector, worth over £11 billion to the economy.”
“The £5 million scheme for getting ULEVs into government fleets is in addition to the support for the Go Ultra Low campaign being delivered in partnership with vehicle manufacturers and £500 million announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in April 2014 which includes:”
- at least £200 million to continue the Plug In Car Grant, cutting up to £5000 off the price of a new ULEV car
- £100 million for research and development
- £35 million cities scheme
- £20 million to encourage ULEV taxis
- £30 million to boost the low emission bus market
- £32 million for more chargepoints