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Government goes green with a fleet of electric cars

16th Mar, 2015

The government has announced that 140 electric cars and vans will be added to their transport fleet, as part of a £5 million investment to reduce emissions.

Fifteen government departments including the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office will use the plug-in vehicles, such as the electric Nissan LEAF. Four electric cars will also be supplied to the Government Car Service, which provides cars for ministers.

The development is part of a wider demonstration of a commitment to green transport; the investment will also fund electric charge-points and encourage take-up in the public sector, including police forces and the NHS.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer described it as an ‘important step’, adding: ‘These cars will save taxpayers money on running costs and will bring low emissions benefits to our fleet. Today’s announcement proves that Britain is leading the electric charge while supporting the growth of this important industry’.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander added: ‘This is the right thing to do for both the environment and the taxpayer’, whilst Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘We want to make the UK one of the best places in the world to design, manufacture and sell ultra-low emission vehicles. This important step demonstrates government’s commitment to promoting the economic and environmental benefits of these cars’.

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