More than 400 charging points for electric police cars in Scotland
Police Scotland has awarded more than £25 million in contracts for more than 400 electric charging points, in an effort to be the first emergency service across the UK with a fleet of ultra-low emission vehicles.
The two major contracts have been awarded to BP Chargemaster, who will supply hundreds of electric vehicle charging posts, and the other, awarded to Hyundai Motor UK, will see almost 180 Hyundai Kona 64kWh cars join the fleet.
Under the first phase, more than 400 charging points will be installed at more than 50 police sites across Scotland.
BP Chargemaster will also provide annual maintenance, with focus on the central belt ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021.
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.
"These two substantial contracts mark 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.”
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