Official Cars

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the central government car fleet is currently (1) electric powered, or (2) hybrid; and by what date they expect to have phased out all petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles in that fleet.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Currently battery electric vehicles and plug in hybrid vehicles make up 2.25% of the central government car fleet. A breakdown of numbers between electric powered and plug-in hybrid cars is not available at this time. Budget 2017 included a commitment to electrify 25% of cars in central Government department fleets by 2022, and as part of the Road to Zero Strategy published in July 2018, the Government announced a further commitment to make 100% of the central Government car fleet ultra low emission (i.e. zero emission or plug in hybrid) by 2030.

Regarding Ministerial cars provided by the Government Car Service (GCS), with the support of the Department, the Government Car Service is replacing its fleet with ultra low emission vehicles as cars become due for replacement. Currently, 48% of the GCS fleet is either battery electric, petrol electric hybrid or hydrogen electric (compared to only 17% in 2016), and they are actively looking at options to accelerate this transition.

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