Government cars to be electric by 2030, says transport secretary

Chris Grayling looks to the future of electric cars

The entire fleet of Government ministerial cars will be all-electric by 2030, the transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed.

Currently, electric vehicles make up nearly 23 percent of the fleet, with the government pledging to electrify at least a quarter by 2022.

The Government Car Service (GCS) is managed by the Department for Transport (TfL) to provide a secure car service for ministers in government departments.

GCS operates a fleet of around 90 cars, including British-built and low emission vehicles. The cars are managed by an in-house secure workshop.

The transport secretary has written to every government department to reinforce the pledge to move towards a 100 percent electric fleet by 2030.

‘Best place to own an ultra-low emission vehicle’

He said: “We want the UK to be the best place in the world to own an ultra-low emission vehicle, and as a government we have to lead by example.

“I am pleased with the change we are making to the Government Car Service, but this now needs to be reflected in all fleets that are controlled by government.

“Only yesterday, the prime minister made the bold commitment that the UK will end its net contribution to climate change by 2050. It is absolutely vital that all parts of government play their part in delivering this ambitious target.”

The government plans to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 and is seeking to encourage more people to drive ultra-low emission vehicles.

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