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Eight areas shortlisted for electric taxi cash

Eight cities across England and Scotland have been shortlisted to receive funding to boost electric taxi use.

The government will decide next April which of the projects to allocate money to from a £20M fund.

In the meantime a government-backed study will look into how the councils could use the money to encourage more use of plug-in cabs.

The eight shortlisted bids are:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Dundee City Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Plug-in taxis are cheaper to run, better for the environment and an example of Britain leading the way in an innovative industry.

“That is why government is investing £500M in low emission vehicles over the next five years to make them an accessible and affordable choice for all.

“These cities have shown they are committed to adopting greener technology and the government is backing their ambition by showing the benefits a share of £20M of funding could deliver.”

Local authorities which have not been shortlisted are still able to submit bids for funding, but will have to cover the cost of their own feasibility study.

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