Police Scotland has awarded bp Chargemaster a GBP21m (US$27m) deal to install more than 1,000 charge points across its sites throughout the country.

The project will be delivered in partnership with WGM Engineering.

More than 1,000 charging points are to be installed at 265 locations in Scotland, including 35 ultra-fast chargers, making Police Scotland one of the first fleets in the UK to introduce this level of charging technology.

“Bp’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to also help the world to get to net zero,” said bp Chargemaster CEO, Matteo de Renzi.

“This includes not only reducing our own emissions but supporting our customers in reducing theirs. We are proud to be able to support Police Scotland through this landmark contract – the largest of its kind ever awarded in the UK – as they transition their fleet and contribute to the Scottish Government’s 2045 net zero target.”

For his part, Deputy Chief Constable, Will Kerr added: “Police Scotland’s Fleet Strategy is highly ambitious, with the aim of having the UK’s first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030. This substantial contract marks a major step towards that goal by making ULEVs accessible to more of our officers and staff.

“Achieving our Fleet Strategy aims will significantly reduce carbon emissions, while also reducing maintenance and servicing costs. It’s one of many strides the organisation is taking to achieve a sustainable, flexible service which meets the needs of our fellow citizens while also providing a modern, fit-for-purpose fleet for our people to use in the course of their work.”

Bp Chargemaster is working with WGM Engineering on the programme, with the two firms bringing a range of services to the delivery of the contact, from supplying the infrastructure from bp Chargemaster’s new production facility to providing operations, customer care and maintenance.

The Police Scotland contract is the second countrywide public sector fleet contract awarded to bp Chargemaster in Scotland, following the start of a charging infrastructure roll-out for the Scottish Ambulance Service – also in partnership with WGM Engineering – with 35 sites already completed and the next 34 sites now underway.