POLICE SCOTLAND are bidding to become the “greenest force” in Britain after spending almost £20million on a fleet of 599 specially adapted electric cars from Hyundai over the last three years.
In addition, a further £3.1million has been spent on 130 charging points at 26 stations across the country, including Ayr, Dumfries, Dunblane, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hawick, and Kilmarnock with plans to increase these to 400 over 50 sites.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The strategic vision for Police Scotland is to be a fit-for-purpose, efficient, effective and sustainable 21st-century police service.
“In order to do this, significant projects are under way to create a new operating model for the organisation, including the work relating to our fleet.”
According to the Sunday Mail Police Scotland signed a contract worth £25million with Hyundai in 2020 to provide electric cars and aims to have an all-electric fleet by 2030.
Currently, most of the electric cars are unmarked and do not carry the normal police livery. They are used as fleet cars by uniform police and detectives mainly for routine and non-urgent police calls.
It is expected that all the force’s EVs will have normal police markings in the future and be used on all calls, including 999s.
Police Scotland says it aims to be the first UK emergency service with an entire fleet of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) and plans to phase out its diesel and petrol motors over the next six years.