National Highways is responsible for building, operating and maintaining England’s motorways and major A-roads and is pursuing an ambitious net zero plan, including for its 1,300-vehicle fleet.
We spoke with National Fleet Manager Martin Edgecox who explained how the government owned company is combining sustainability with the organisation’s need for resilience.
The fleet services many different aspects of National Highways’ remit, including the 321 4x4s which allow traffic officers to clear roads rapidly and safely after incidents, and the large car fleet which enables its inspection teams to check every inch of its 4,300 miles of infrastructure.
75% of its fleet will be electric or hybrid by 2025
National Highways has pledged that 75% of its fleet will be electric or hybrid by 2025, and 100% of its car fleet by 2030. It has already shifted 60% of its vehicles to plug-in hybrid models. The electric motor is used for short burst driving, or access to and from the strategic road network, and the models recharge from regenerative braking, giving greater electric range.
The hybrids have a dramatic impact on the fleet’s carbon emissions. Martin cites a comparison between a diesel Shogun, which would produce an average of 237g of carbon per km, and a plug-in hybrid Volvo, which would produce 48g/km.