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A third of councils running at least one EV

The research was carried out by intelligentcarleasing.com to compare every single local authority in the UK, with a total of 433 councils presented with freedom of information requests in the last quarter of 2014 on how many purely electric cars they own, lease or manage.

The list – available here – shows that out of all councils who have responded to date (>95% of those surveyed) over one in three has at least one electric vehicle within their fleet. On average there are 1.23 EVs per local authority.

The research also shows that 80% of the top five councils for EV adoption are in Scotland, with Intelligent Car Leasing saying this could tie in with the Scottish government’s green initiative to have 100% of electricity demand met via renewable sources by 2020.

The 10 councils with the highest number of EVs are as follows:

Council Total # of EVs
 1. Dundee City Council 38
 2. South Lanarkshire Council 24
 3. City of Glasgow Council 22
 4. London Borough of Islington 19
 5. Fife Council 17
 6. Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council 16
 7. Newcastle upon Tyne City Council 16
 8. Oxford City Council 14
 9. North Lanarkshire Council 14
 10. Lewes District Council 12

Pete McAllister, who conducted the study, commented: ‘With one in three local councils adopting electric vehicles on some level it paints an encouraging picture. I think as electricity production in the UK becomes more fuelled by renewables the number of councils adopting electric powered transport will vastly increase.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.