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Report: British Government to Spend £1 Billion to Green Fleet

2 December 2006

The Times reports that the British Government will spend £1 billion (US$1.33 billion) replacing 78,000 ministerial and civil service vehicles under a program to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions from its light-duty fleet by 15% by 2010-2011.

The report says that the government has recruited 15 manufacturers from Europe, Asia and North America to supply cheaper, greener cars over the next four years. The cost will be shared by 38 government departments and agencies which have agreed to green their fleets in exchange for large discounts on cars available under the partnership.

The initiative is led by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Departments wanting to join the programme must calculate the amount of pollution caused by their current fleet by entering engine size, carbon dioxide emission and Euro-4 engine rating into a model designed by the OGC. They can then access a database of cars available under the programme, and “shop” for their desired vehicles. They are expected to use the OGC model to monitor the desired fleet’s carbon footprint.

Annual reports outline the department’s progress on environmental targets.

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Never heard that 15 manufacturers have production hybrids.

It should be pretty easy as long as all you want to do is drop the CO2 emissions by 15% (and Euro4 emissions).
Just buy newer cars, either smaller, diesel or hybrid.
As long as you let people buy whatever they like, as long as the CO2 is less than 85% of the previous vehicle you are in business.
When you start telling people HOW to get it down by 15%, you get into problems.
If they then did it again for another 10 years and again, it would be interesting.

This is a premature move. Electrics and plug-ins are
too close to reality to jump now and get the piddling
reductios they are talking about. Another instance of stupid moves made because of emotional hysteria rather than logical thinking. Typical government move following its public's low mentality. We need more leaders and fewer democrats in office.

Andrey -

the program is not limited to hybrids. In the UK, the topic of the day is CO2 emissions and, modern diesels emit less of that than their forebears of a decade ago. As a valuable fringe benefit, they also emit massively less NOx and PM.

Kent -

this is all about getting government agencies to churn their fleets at rock-bottom prices. Carmakers need to achieve volume to stem their losses so it's a fleet buyer's market out there. If and when all-electric and PHEV vehicles actually become available on the UK market, I expect OGC will add them to the list of pre-approved vehicles provided the price is right.

Note also that the UK government would have spent some fraction of that GBP 1 billion on new vehicles anyhow. The effort also serves Tony Blair's longer-term ambition to get a skeptical UK public to approve the construction of a new generation of oh-so-green nuclear reactors. Right now, you can probably count the number of nuclear engineering graduates coming out of UK universities each year on one hand, which is a problem if you have a nuclear weapons stockpile to maintain.

Rafael:

Theoretically the program is not limited to hybrids, but on practice it should be. The lowest CO2 emitter in GB is Honda Insight with 80g/km. The only two-seater close to this number is way less versatile Smart-for-two diesel with 90g/km. In 4-5 seater segment first place belongs to Prius with 104g/km. Current Civic hybrid has 114g/km, and way smaller vehicles such and petrol Aygo and Peugeot 107 have 109g/km. Diesel cars the size of Corsa, Charade, and Fiesta have around 115g/km. Comparable in size to Prius diesel cars have around 150g/km.
:
http://www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk/information/tables.asp#petrol

In addition, Insight, Civic hybrid, and Prius all are California SULEV vehicles, and emit 10 times less HC, 20 times less NOx, virtually zero evaporative and PM emissions, compare with currently sold Euro 4 diesel cars.

Numbers are speaking by themselves.

Yes, Andrey, but you're forgetting the most important thing.

These are FLEET cars.

Ergo they are cheap.

Money talks.

The fleet will be the cars that meet the minimum standard at the lowest price. Have you never worked in govenment before??? ;)

Andy

Eco motoring certainly seems to be on the up. MORE TH>N insurance introduced a discount on premiums for hybrid cars in May 2006 and has just extended it to other alternative fuel models - LPG, bi-fuel, flexible fuel vehicles (FFV), biopower, dual-fuel and electric vehicles. The discount is up to 15%. Hopefully incentives like this will encourange people to consider doing their bit for the environment?

Eco motoring certainly seems to be on the up. MORE TH>N insurance introduced a discount on premiums for hybrid cars in May 2006 and has just extended it to other alternative fuel models - LPG, bi-fuel, flexible fuel vehicles (FFV), biopower, dual-fuel and electric vehicles. The discount is up to 15%. Hopefully incentives like this will encourange people to consider doing their bit for the environment?

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