Over the next four years the British Government is going to spend £1 billion to replace 78,000 vehicles in use by government departments. The replacement program covers light duty vehicles like cars and vans, but doesn't include heavy duty diesel vehicles. The intent is to get a cleaner and greener fleet, slashing carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2010-2011 in accordance with targets set earlier this year by the government.

Vauxhall (the right hand drive counterpart of Opel), Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, Ford - including Volvo - and BMW were all selected during the bidding process. Of the fleet to be replaced, 48,000 are for the NHS, the National Health Service, which will be saving £20 million compared to what they would have spent to replace their vehicles with the same types they are using now. The government has developed a computer model that determines the carbon emissions for the vehicles currently being used. Departments enter the vehicle they are using now, and the model determines which vehicles they should be replaced with in order to meet the emissions reduction targets.

[Source: Times of London]

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