Ministers will soon be driving to official engagements in electric cars while even Downing Street will be fitted with charging points, the Government has announced.
More than 150 electric cars are to be introduced to official Government fleets from this Autumn as ministers seek to “lead by example” and boost public confidence in plug-in vehicles.
The Government Car Service, which provides cars for ministers, and the Department for Transport will be the first to receive the new cars, with every central government fleet eventually to be reviewed.
Departments will be asked to consider which of their existing cars could be replaced with like-for-like electric alternatives when they come up for renewal, with the initial leases to last two years.
Later this year the wider public sector will also be included in the £5 million scheme meaning a further 135 electric cars can be added to council, police force and NHS fleets.
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