Police Scotland has signed a deal for 180 Hyundai Kona electric vehicles as well as what BP Chargemaster described as the “largest ever EV infrastructure contract” in the UK.
The deal, worth up to £21m according to BP Chargemaster, will see the company install more than 1,000 charging points in 265 locations across Scotland, including 35 ultra-fast chargers.
The Kona deal is Hyundai’s largest pure electric vehicle contract to date, and all will be delivered by March 2021. The company said the vehicles will serve as a “testbed to give police Scotland greater experience of operating an increasing number of zero-emission vehicles”, with the Kona having been chosen thanks to its usable range of up to 300 miles, its technology, practicality and its immediate availability, according to the brand.
“Police Scotland’s Fleet Strategy is highly ambitious, with the aim of having the UK’s first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030,” said deputy chief constable Will Kerr. “This substantial contract marks a major step towards that goal by making ULEVs accessible to more of our officers and staff.”
“Achieving our Fleet Strategy aims will significantly reduce carbon emissions, while also reducing maintenance and servicing costs,” Kerr continued. “It’s one of many strides the organisation is taking to achieve a sustainable, flexible service which meets the needs of our fellow citizens while also providing a modern, fit-for-purpose fleet for our people to use in the course of their work.”
“The gradual transition of our unmarked fleet from our current internal combustion engine vehicles to ULEVs will also assist with improving the existing fleet, as the age and mileage thresholds for replacing existing vehicles is being reduced,” he concluded. “This means officers will have use of more modern vehicles while reducing maintenance and repair costs, at the same time as increasing the resilience of our contingency fleet.”
The deal is the second large public sector arrangement for BP Chargemaster north of the border, following a roll-out to the Scottish Ambulance Service, with half of the 69 points completed.