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Police Scotland to deploy 1,000+ chargers for EV fleet

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Police Scotland has awarded BP Chargemaster a £21m EV charging contract to deliver more than 1,000 charge points as it switches to ULEVs.

More than 1,000 BP Chargemaster charging points are set to be installed at 265 locations across Scotland

The force is planning to have the UK’s first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030 and the deal with BP Chargemaster – said to be the UK’s largest-ever EV infrastructure contract – will support its work.

More than 1,000 charging points are set to be installed at 265 locations across Scotland, including 35 ultra-fast chargers. It makes Police Scotland one of the first fleets in the UK to introduce this level of charging technology.

Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said: “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. 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. 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.”

Back-office integration will also give fleet users access to Scotland’s largest public charging network.

Matteo de Renzi, CEO of bp Chargemaster, said: “BP’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to also help the world to get to net zero. This includes not only reducing our own emissions but supporting our customers in reducing theirs. We are incredibly proud to be able to support Police Scotland through this landmark contract – the largest of its kind ever awarded in the UK – as they transition their fleet and contribute to the Scottish Government’s 2045 net zero target.”

The project will be delivered in partnership with WGM Engineering, one of Scotland’s leading engineering companies.

It marks the second countrywide public sector fleet contract awarded to BP Chargemaster in Scotland, following the start of a charging infrastructure rollout for the Scottish Ambulance Service – also in partnership with WGM Engineering – with 35 sites already completed and the next 34 sites now underway.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.