27 FEB 2015
The Scottish Government is investing £2.5 million through the ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative to reduce harmful emissions from Scotland’s public sector fleets.
Announced by the Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay the initiative is aimed at improving the green credentials of public sector fleets by increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.
Over 200 electric vehicles are already in operation across Scottish Local Authorities contributing to the Scottish Government’s amibitious target to phase out all petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles by 2050.
This latest round of funding illustrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to Switched On Scotland: A Roadmap to Widespead Adoption of Plug-in Vehicles, by decreasing the number of fossil-fuelled vehicles within public sector fleets. The Roadmap has already seen over £17 million of investment since its launch in 2013, including the installation of over 600 publicly available charge points across Scotland and a further 200 in non-public locations such as council depots, workplaces and homes.
The Transport Minister Derek Mackay, said:
“I am delighted to be launching this new initiative which is providing expert analysis highlighting where electric vehicles can be most effectively introduced into fleets. We are also backing this analysis with £2.5 million of funding to enable councils and their partners to act by buying or leasing electric cars and vans.
“We are committed to freeing our towns, cities and communities from the damaging effects of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles and Switched On Fleets takes us further down the road to achieving this. More electric vehicles on the roads is an important step in increasing awareness among drivers that there are viable alternatives to petrol and diesel cars.”
Colin Ferguson, CEO of Switched On Fleets partner, Route Monkey, said:
“Our evidence-based analysis for Switched On Fleets enables Councils to make informed choices on electric vehicle deployment, so that these vehicles deliver cost savings as well as environmental benefits. Working closely with the Energy Saving Trust , we can help Scotland’s public sector fleets remain at the forefront of electric vehicle adoption.”
Ian Murdoch, Energy Saving Trust, said:
“With the growing network of public chargers in Scotland, it’s now a really practical and cost-effective option to run an electric vehicle. Fuel costs for electric cars are approximately a fifth of the fuel costs for a petrol or diesel car – and they have the added bonus of producing no harmful exhaust emissions and significantly improving local air quality.
Most major manufacturers including Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen and BMW offer at least one electric option with the majority providing a typical range of up to 100 miles. There are also a number of plug-in hybrid models that offer extended range through an auxiliary petrol or diesel engine. Energy Saving Trust, funded by Transport Scotland, can provide free, impartial advice for businesses and consumers on which electric vehicle might suit your needs best.”