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DOI justifies number of non-electric vehicles its bought

Claims diesel options are cheaper and there's a lack of charging points

The Department of Infrastructure says it hasn't been buying electric vehicles for its fleet because they're too expensive and there's a lack of charging points.

In a written Tynwald question, the minister revealed 135 non-electric vehicles had been bought since October 2022.

Tim Crookall says most were ordered as diesel due to it being cheaper and there being no on-site or overnight charging points for them.

  • 81 were ordered as diesel due to no on site/overnight charging points being available at this time, where vehicles are parked when not in use. Six of these were petrol/diesel hybrids.
  • 51 vehicles fall into the classification of Light Commercial, Heavy Goods or 4x4 where electric options are limited due to powering ancillary equipment on the vehicle (ie, hoist, pump), range capacities or the difference in fully laden weight restrictions.
  • 9 blue light emergency response vehicles where primarily the time to recharge an electric vehicle could have an impact on response times.

You can see the full written answer here.

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