UK’s Prime Minister Switching To A Nissan LEAF? UK Government Agencies Adding 140 ULEVs To Fleets

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The UK’s Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Foreign Office, and Commonwealth Office are set to add at least 140 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) to their fleets as part of a broader £5 million cross-departmental push to move away from “gas guzzlers,” according to recent reports.

As the headline implies, the Government Car Service — which is the provider of vehicles for ministers in the UK — will reportedly be adding 4 ULEVs. It’s not yet clear what models these will be.


With regard to the total “140 vehicles” figure above — there will be Nissan LEAFs, Toyota Priuses, Kia Soul electric vehicles (EVs), Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and Volvo V60 hybrids, amongst other models, according to a spokesperson from the Department of Transport.

This mass addition of ULEVs is intended as the beginning of an initiative to demonstrate the substantial benefits of such vehicles to the general public — setting an example, essentially. The aim of this demonstration also being to inspire public sector fleets and businesses to embrace the technology over the coming years.

The Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, noted that the adoption of ULEVs was “the right thing to do” — with regard to representing tax payers, being a steward of the environment, and supporting the UK auto industry.

“This is an important step. These cars will save taxpayers money on running costs and will bring low emissions benefits to our fleet. Today’s announcement proves that Britain is leading the electric charge while supporting the growth of this important industry.”

The broader push for ULEVs will also see the installation of numerous electric vehicle charge-points all throughout the country.

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6 thoughts on “UK’s Prime Minister Switching To A Nissan LEAF? UK Government Agencies Adding 140 ULEVs To Fleets

  • great

  • Common sense for most government agencies. They drive short and predictable distances over and over.

  • I’ve read that by dumping pure electric vehicles in the same category with very fuel efficient non-electric, what they call ULEVs, the UK has recently greatly increased the amount of tax companies have to pay for all electric vehicles like the Leaf. So maybe things in the UK aren’t quite as great for all electrics as they were.

  • The answer to the question posed in the headline is no. The Leaf is too small for a back-seat limo. The Volvo, maybe.

  • Nice to see he is copying me. My vote is for you!

  • I’m a little surprised that the choices were all foreign makes. I would think that Range Rover, or Jaguar would be coming up with something that they could use.

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