Four UK cities get £35m to push electric cars

Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London have been awarded between £6m and £13m by the government to the take-up of plug-in electric cars across the UK.

The winning cities will commit to providing rapid-charging hubs and street lighting that double as charge points.

electric carThey will also ensure that electric cars have road privileges such as access to bus lanes in city centres.

Around 25,000 parking spaces will also be opened up for plug-in car owners saving commuters as much as £1,300 a year.

This is the government’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme  which is part of a £600m package of measures for hitting the 2020 international low emission vehicles targets.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“I want to see thousands more greener vehicles on our roads and I am proud to back this ambition with £40m to help the UK become international pioneers of emission cutting technology.

The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”

London is awarded £13 million to create ‘Neighbourhoods of the future’ prioritising ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in several boroughs across the capital proposals include over a dozen streets in Hackney going electric with charging infrastructure such as car-charging street lighting, while Harrow will develop a low emission zone offering parking and traffic priority to owners of plug-in vehicles.

Milton Keynes will receive £9 million to open a city centre Electric Vehicle Experience Centre — a ‘one stop shop’ providing consumer advice and short-term vehicles loans the city also proposes to open up all 20,000 parking bays for free toEVs and co-brand bus lanes as low emission lanes giving plug-in vehicles the same priority at traffic lights as local buses.

Bristol gets £7 million to offer residents free residential parking for ULEVs, access to 3 carpool lanes in the city, over 80 rapid and fast chargers across the city and a scheme encouraging people to lease a plug-in car for up to 4 weeks.

Nottinghamshire and Derby will use £6 million of funding to install 230 chargepoints and offer ULEV owners discount parking and access to over 13 miles of bus lanes along key routes across the city.

The scheme is also providing £5 million of development funding for specific initiatives in Dundee, Oxford, York and north east regions to help them play their part in kick-starting a country-wide clean motoring revolution.

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