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Cities plan £40M of infrastructure for electric vehicles


A raft of infrastructure will be provided for electric vehicles after the government awarded £40M to councils.

Ministers pledged cash to eight local authorities through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme to cut transport emissions.

Twelve areas were shortlisted for cash through the scheme back in March 2015.

Today’s announcement means:

  • London has £13M for proposals including car-charging street lighting in Hackney; and parking and traffic priority in Harrow
  • Milton Keynes gets £9M to open a customer advice centre; make parking bays free; and give access to bus lanes.
  • Bristol secures £7M towards free parking; access to carpool lanes; creation of charge points and a short-term trial scheme
  • Nottinghamshire and Derby will use £6M to install charge points and offer discount parking and access to bus lanes as well as a company trial scheme
  • There will be £5M of development funding for specific initiatives in Dundee, Oxford, York and the North East.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “These Go Ultra Low cities have proposed exciting, innovative ideas that will encourage drivers to choose an electric car. 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 £600M 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.”

Which minister last week compared electric vehicle use to the internet?

Readers' comments (2)

  • A 'Green Vehicle' already exists, and requires only limited amounts of low-technology infrastructure; the bicycle. It'd be nice to see more funds go towards encouraging more people to cycle to work rather than just another four wheeled vehicle taking up a large amount of space on already congested infrastructure.

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  • James, whilst in some peoples world I'd sure the idea of everyone cycling to work is bliss, I hardly think that view extends much into the general population of workers in the UK!

    Regarding the article, I'd hope that the new charging points have enough flexibility (from a maintenance and access point of view) to be easily adapted to whatever global/national "car charging port" is hopefully to be adopted when companies other than Tesla start creating charging stations.

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