The transport ministry on Monday called for tenders for the provision of 32 electric vans to be used by state services as part of its efforts to promote clean energy and lower carbon emissions.

A written announcement said that the callout was made by the ministry’s electromechanical services department, with a budget of €1,120,000 taken out of the ministry’s total budget.

The purchase of electric vans “aligns with the EU goals of moving away from polluting fossil fuels and limiting emissions,” with the final goal of replacing 31.9 per cent of public vehicles with zero-emission ones by December 31, 2025, the ministry added.

The vans are destined for urban use and must have a minimum driving range of 330km.

Charging stations will be installed after they are delivered to the decided public services or departments, the ministry said.