Metropolitan Police steps up fleet greening


Scotland Yard is planning to put 250 alternative energy cars on the roads within 12 months.

In the first stage of a major overhaul of its 4,000 vehicle fleet, a £21 million programme will see the Metropolitan Police replace 700 vehicles fleet in 2017/18.

Over 30 hybrid electric cars will be rolled out across London boroughs to respond to 999 calls. The Met also plans to use hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as emergency response cars for the first time in the UK.

According to the Standard, Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has spoken to Elon Musk of electric car maker Tesla, about trialling cars for front line operations. 

The Standard also stated that the Met was in discussions with nearly all major car manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes, Nissan, Renault and VW to test vehicles ranging from cars to mopeds and vans.