A dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the procurement of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) an estimated value of £1 billion has been launched for the public sector by YPO.

32 suppliers are currently available, with more due to be added during the life of the framework. They offer a wide range of vehicles including electric vans, electric street sweepers, electrified refuse lorries, and e-scooters.

As well as a large amount of electrically charged vehicles there is also a selection of vehicles which run on alternative fuels such as biomethane, hydrogen, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) available via the framework.

YPO says operating a DPS rather than a procurement framework allows local authorities, blue light, and education sectors to acquire the latest vehicle technology as it comes to market.

Greater procurement flexibility also enables public sector organisations to purchase from local suppliers where possible, keeping social value central to procurement.

Commenting on the launch, Gavin Rimmington, head of public sector at YPO said:

“The range and depth of suppliers accessible through the system is excellent, and we’re proud to be able to make them so readily available to the organisations that need them.

“The DPS was designed so that positive changes can be made quickly, and so that the public sector can keep up with the national shift away from petrol and diesel, in line with technological advances in the alternative fuel industry”.

YPO, established in 1974, is managed by a committee of elected representatives (local councillors) and has established formal relationships with further 71 organisations, known as associate member authorities, across local government and the wider public sector.