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Government fleet takes on 140 plug-in vehicles

Date: 11 March 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Department for Transport has announced that 140 plug-in vehicles will be joining the Government fleet across 15 departments.

The DfT said the additions are part of a £5 million investment to reduce emissions. The fleets include cars and vans used by the Government when transporting staff and equipment.

The Government Car Service which provides cars for ministers will also adopt four ULEVs.

A DfT spokesman said: "The most common cars include a number of Priuses, Nissan Leafs and Mitshubishi Outlanders. The rollout also includes a few Kia Soul and Volvo V60 hybrid and others."

The announcement is the first phase of a project designed to illustrate the effectiveness of the vehicles and to encourage fleets to take up ULEV vehicles.

Part of the investment will be used to fund take-up by the wider public sector - including the NHS, police forces and local councils - and pay for charging points so the vehicles can be charged while at work.

"This is an important step. These cars will save taxpayers money on running costs and will bring low emissions benefits to our fleet," said transport minister, Baroness Kramer.

"Today's announcement proves that Britain is leading the electric charge while supporting the growth of this important industry," said Kramer.