Officials at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, launched by Transport Minister David Jamieson and Science Minister Lord Sainsbury last week, are looking for a hands-on fleet executive who is currently in charge of a fleet to join a top-level board that will guide the partnership's work.
The partnership, chaired by Toyota GB managing director Graham Smith, will provide advice and information to the Government to help it deliver targets set in the Powering Future Vehicles Strategy.
The partnership's tasks are to encourage industries and stakeholders to take part in the move to low carbon vehicles, provide a forum to examine how to overcome market barriers and provide independent feedback.
Speaking at the launch, Jamieson said: 'We want to see as many different players take part as possible. Fleets buy half the new cars sold each year and most vans, so hearing their voice is vital.' He admitted a mass-market move to hydrogen fuels could be 30 to 40 years away and emphasised the importance is immediate low carbon alternatives, such as liquefied petroleum gas and other alternative fuels, particularly hybrid petrol/electric engines.
Jim Skea, director of the Policy Studies Institute and launch director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, said: 'One of the places on the board is open to a fleet operator and we are looking for recommendations of who would be a worthy member.'
The launch event was held in London and attended by about 100 key figures in transport and the environment. Manufacturers displayed models which qualify for a 100% London congestion charging discount, including the Honda Civic IMA hybrid.