Four areas share £40 million electric vehicle fund

25th January 2016


Related Topics

Related tags

  • Mitigation ,
  • Business & Industry ,
  • Manufacturing ,
  • Other

Author

IEMA

London, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Nottinghamshire and Derby have been awarded a share of a £40 million government pot to boost use of electric vehicles.

The transport department (DfT) announced the winners of its Go Ultra Low Cities competition today, which DfT believes will help achieve the government’s target for every new car and van in the UK to be ultra-low emission by 2040.

DfT said the scheme would help improve air quality, cut emissions and boost jobs in the UK automotive industry, which manufactures and tests many electric cars.

London will use £13 million to boost parking spaces for ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) where residents do not have off-road parking; work with car clubs to explore electrification of their fleets; and expand the number of rapid charging hubs for commercial operators, such as taxis and delivery vans.

Eight boroughs in the capital will be designated ‘neighbourhoods of the future’, with use of ULEVs prioritised. Projects include charging infrastructure being fitted to street lighting in Hackney and priority parking for ULEVs in Harrow.

Milton Keynes will receive £9 million, which it will use to open a city centre ‘one-stop shop’ providing advice and short-term loans for vehicles to consumers. All 20,000 parking bays in the city will be free for electric vehicles, which will also be given priority at traffic lights.

Bristol will spend £7 million on providing free residential parking to residents with ULEVs as well as access to three carpool lanes in the city. More than 80 rapid chargers will be installed across the city. Residents will be encouraged to lease a plug-in car for up to four weeks to help them understand the technology.

In Nottinghamshire and Derby, £6 million will be spent on installing 230 chargepoints. ULEV owners will also be offered discount parking and access to over 13 miles of bus lanes. A business support programme will be established to allow local companies to test electric vehicles.

In addition to £40 million fund, Dundee, Oxford, York and parts of the north east regions will receive £5 million for specific initiatives. These include commuter charging hubs for electric vehicles in Dundee and solar panels for park and ride hubs with charging facilities in York.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low at the government’s Office for Low Carbon Vehicles, said: ‘Initiatives, such as customer experience centres, free parking, permission to drive in bus lanes and hundreds of new, convenient public charging locations are sure to appeal to drivers and inspire other cities and local authorities to invest in the electric revolution.'

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

How much is too much?

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

One of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Andrew Winston sees many reasons for hope as pessimism looms large in sustainability. Huw Morris reports

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Regulatory gaps between the EU and UK are beginning to appear, warns Neil Howe in this edition’s environmental legislation round-up

4th April 2024

Read more

Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

3rd April 2024

Read more

Ben Goodwin reflects on policy, practice and advocacy over the past year

2nd April 2024

Read more

In 2020, IEMA and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) jointly wrote and published A User Guide to Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. This has now been updated to include three key developments in the field.

2nd April 2024

Read more

Hello and welcome to another edition of Transform. I hope that you’ve had a good and productive few months so far.

28th March 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close