Eight cities in the UK, including London, Milton Keynes and Bristol, have secured a combined £40 million in funding to increase the uptake of hybrid and electric vehicles.
The funding, which comes as part of the government’s Go Ultra Low campaign, will be used to support and develop electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives in the chosen cities.
The ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ each submitted a pledge to support electrified vehicles. London has been awarded £13 million to create so-called ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, which will prioritise parking and traffic flow to ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEVs) in several boroughs.
In Milton Keynes, £9 million will be used to create a new Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, which will educate the public on the benefits of ULEVs as well as providing short-term vehicle loans. Proposals also include opening up 20,000 parking spaces that will be free for EVs, while also prioritising those vehicles in traffic flow.
Bristol, meanwhile, will use £7 million to give ULEVs special access to carpool lanes and to introduce a new plug-in car leasing scheme. Nottinghamshire and Derby will use £6 million to install an extra 230 charging points and offer owners of ULEVs discounted parking, as well as allowing local businesses to try out using ULEVs for their fleets.