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Bidding open for second phase of £5m ULEV scheme

Date: 13 January 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Department for Transport has announced it has opened the bidding process for up to 35 public sector organisations to bid for funding from a £5 million scheme to support ultra-low emission vehicles.

Organisations such as the police, fire service and the NHS are being asked to test their 'ULEV-readiness' as part of an attempt to get electric and plug-in vehicles into Government fleets.

Last year, the scheme was announced and was only open to Government councils. The winners will be offered a fully-funded fleet review to identify how to introduce greener vehicles.

The first phase saw 15 Government departments launch reviews of their vehicle fleets, and will see around 150 vehicles entering the fleets from February, while the second phase is expected to see more than 200 vehicles introduced into public sector fleets.

The DfT said ULEV sales in 2014 were four times higher than in 2013, and in December 2014, one in 78 vehicles sold was a ULEV.

"We want the public sector to lead by example. This £5 million investment will see a significant increase in the number of plug-in vehicles used by public bodies such as local authorities, police forces and the NHS and help both the environment and the economy. I look forward to seeing the results," said transport minister Baroness Kramer.