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The government claims it is ahead of schedule on plans to decarbonise its central car fleet after confirming that more than a quarter of its cars are now ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV).

It has committed to switch its entire fleet of vehicles to be fully zero emission by 2027.

In the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Greening government commitments in 2021 to 2025, the government was required to transition a minimum of a quarter of its car fleet to ultra-low emission vehicles by the end of 2022.

As of the latest data from September, 25.5% of all central government cars were ultra-low emission vehicles, reaching the target three months ahead of schedule.

Technology and decarbonisation minister Jesse Norman said: “As the UK moves towards a cleaner transport network, the government is doing its part, with over 25% of its central car fleet being battery-powered three months earlier than planned.

“It’s critical that progress in decarbonising fleets is matched elsewhere. We will continue to forge ahead, to complete the switch by 2027 and help make the UK a world leader in decarbonisation.”