London’s Metropolitan police is using a periodic replacement of its vehicle fleet to introduce hundreds of ultra-low emission vehicles over the next three years while also reducing its diesel fleet by 60% over the same period.
The adoption of cleaner vehicles is part of a £76m programme which will see the disposal of 2,765 older cars, vans, motorcycles and marine vessels deemed to have reached the end of their operational life.
Scotland Yard is buying the 550 ultra-low emission vehicles to support Mayor Sadiq Khan’s commitment to improve the capital’s air quality and is committing itself to operating a completely zero emission fleet by 2050.
As part of this pledge, the force will exclusively purchase ultra-low emission models in several vehicle categories from 2025.
It is also committing to buying “at least” 60 hydrogen vehicles and to explore the viability of using Compressed Natural Gas and Liquid Natural Gas in its fleet, as well as installing 300 charging points across its estate to support the adoption of electric vehicles.