Plans for a mass electric charging network worth millions of pounds have been awarded by Police Scotland to BP Chargemaster.
The deal will see BP Chargemaster supply 1,000 electric vehicle charging points infrastructure across the emergency service estate in partnership with engineering firm WGM Engineering. The programme from the two companies will see a range of services delivered including supplying the infrastructure for BP Chargemaster’s new production facility which will provide operations, customer care and maintenance.
The points will be installed in 265 locations across Scotland and includes 35 ultra-fast chargers. This will make Police Scotland one of the largest fleets across the entire UK to have such a level of charging infrastructure.
The Police Scotland deal is the second public sector fleet in Scotland, following the rollout of charging infrastructure for the Scottish Ambulance Service which has seen 35 sites completed and 34 in the pipleine.
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.”
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.”