Public sector organisations including the police, fire services and the NHS are being invited to bid for a share of a £5 million fund supporting ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
They will be able to test their so-called “ULEV-readiness” and winners will be offered a fully-funded fleet review to find out how to introduce greener vehicles.
The scheme, which was initially announced last year and saw 15 government departments launch reviews of their vehicle fleets, is now open to the public sector and is expected to see more than 200 plug-in vehicles introduced.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “This £5 million investment will see a significant increase in the number of plug-in vehicles used by public bodies such as local authorities, police forces and the NHS and help both the environment and the economy.”
According to government statistics, one in every 78 cars sold in December was an ULEV.