Dundee has the highest proportion of electric vehicles in its council fleet in Scotland – but its neighbours lag below the national average.
From a total of 17,140 local authority vehicles in Scotland, just 613 are electric, which amounts to 3.6%, according to figures obtained under freedom of information legislation by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Dundee City Council runs 92, or 13.8%, compared with three in Angus (1.3%), 30 in Fife (2.1%) and 12 in Perth & Kinross (2.7%).
Scottish Liberal Democrats transport spokesman Mike Rumbles said the “climate change emergency” is being fuelled by rising transport emissions and needs Scottish Government intervention.
“These figures show that less than one in 20 local authority vehicles is eco-friendly,” he said.”
“Public bodies need to show leadership and demonstrate our commitment to tackling climate change and cleaning up the air we breathe.”
Dundee is due to become a low emission zone by the end of 2020, which is set to bring in penalties for drivers all but the cleanest vehicles.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We have already invested over £9 million through the 2018/19 Switched on Fleets initiative, supporting orders for over 700 ultra-low emission vehicles across the public sector in Scotland, with over 500 of those placed by local authorities.
“The majority of these vehicles will be delivered in the coming months.”