Four areas share £40 million electric vehicle fund

25th January 2016

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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.'


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