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Police Scotland places major Hyundai EV fleet order

Date: 08 October 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Hyundai has agreed an initial contract to supply around 180 electric cars to Police Scotland.

The deal is for Kona Electric models, specced with the more powerful 64kWh motor.

It is said to be Hyundai's largest pure EV fleet order to date.

Delivery of the first vehicles will begin this month, with the full order due to be completed by March 2021.

Police Scotland is said to have chosen the Kona Electric for its usable range of up to 300 miles, its technology, its practicality, and its immediate availability.

The new Hyundais will join a range of other EVs already operating on the Police Scotland fleet.

Deputy chief constable Will Kerr said: "Police Scotland's fleet strategy is highly ambitious, with the aim of having the UK's first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030. This substantial contract marks a major step towards that goal by making ULEVs accessible to more of our officers and staff.

"Achieving our fleet strategy aims will significantly reduce carbon emissions, while also reducing maintenance and servicing costs. It's one of many strides the organisation is taking to achieve a sustainable, flexible service which meets the needs of our fellow citizens while also providing a modern, fit-for-purpose fleet for our people to use in the course of their work.

"The gradual transition of our unmarked fleet from our current internal combustion engine vehicles to ULEVs will also assist with improving the existing fleet, as the age and mileage thresholds for replacing existing vehicles is being reduced. 

"This means officers will have use of more modern vehicles while reducing maintenance and repair costs, at the same time as increasing the resilience of our contingency fleet."