London Fire Brigade rolls out electric fleet

The London Fire Brigade has rolled out a fleet of electric vehicles (EV) in a bid to become the most environmentally friendly fire brigade in the country.

53 BMWi3 range extender models and a further five hybrid cars will be available for fire officers to use to attend incidents across the capital.

The move comes as the fire brigade has become a 'Go Ultra Low Company' and committed to operate low emission vehicles on at least five per cent of its fleet by 2020.

All i3s will be branded and fitted with blue lights and sirens, replacing a fleet of 60 Vauxhall Astras. The new low emission vehicles will remain in the fleet for five years and are expected to over an average of 7,000 miles a year.

Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner, said: "Officers often travel at speed across London, so it was essential the cars could stand up to the rigours of being a blue light vehicle, as well as having green credentials.

"I am proud that the Brigade is leading the move from diesel to electric, which will make a big difference to the air quality for Londoners.

"In our 150th year, while celebrating our past we’re also investing in the future and it's vital that we adopt policies today that future generations will thank us for.

"Who knows, perhaps in the future we will also be the first Brigade to run a fleet of electric fire engines."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "With nearly 10,000 Londoners dying early every year in London due to exposure to air pollution, I'm delighted to see the London Fire Brigade take this fantastic first step towards becoming the greenest fire brigade in the UK. This will make a vital contribution in improving the quality of life for millions of Londoners."

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