Government pushing for shift in fleets to electric vehicles., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize
Government pushing for shift in fleets to electric vehicles., Electric Vehicle News Bitesize

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Target reached to switch over a quarter of all government cars to ultra-low emission vehicles.

The government is pushing to decarbonize its core fleet, having confirmed 19 January 2023 that it has achieved its target of converting more than a quarter of its cars (25.5%) to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV).

With a higher proportion of ULEV vehicles in its fleet, the government is on track to meet its 2027 target of making the entire fleet completely emission-free.

As set out in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Greening Government Commitment 2021-2025, the government must convert at least a quarter of its fleet to ultra-low emission vehicles by the end of 2022, which is 25.5%, according to the central government. The latest figures for September show that ultra-low-emission vehicles met the target three months ahead of schedule.

Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Jesse Norman said:

“As the UK moves towards a cleaner transport network, the government is doing its part, with over 25% of its central car fleet being battery-powered 3 months earlier than planned.

“It’s critical that progress in decarbonising fleets is matched elsewhere. We will continue to forge ahead, to complete the switch by 2027 and help make the UK a world leader in decarbonisation.”

With the electric vehicle industry growing every year, today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s commitment to decarbonising its own fleet. The target is only the first milestone as the government aims to decarbonize the entire core car and van fleet into zero-emission vehicles by 2027 – ahead of a wider phase-out date that would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

In the wider market, the UK continues to lead in the shift to battery-powered vehicles, with one in five cars sold in 2022 being plug-in. Electric car sales outsold diesel cars for the first time in 2022, according to the latest industry statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

As the electric vehicle industry booms, the government has also made strides in expanding the charging network. The £10m Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) pilot project is part of a wider LEVI fund to provide 1,000 local charging points across England, with nine local authorities to receive funding. The winning projects will be supported by an additional £9 million in private funding. This will improve access to electric vehicle charging stations, especially for residents without off-street parking, and support the rollout of zero-emission vehicles across the country.

The government has pledged to stop the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as we work towards a zero carbon transport network.

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