The UK's largest electric car trial has begun in the West Midlands.
The government's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has supplied £15 million to the project as part of its plans for electric cars to become commercially viable in the UK.
The West Midlands' trial taking place in Coventry and Birmingham is the largest of eight similar trials TSB is backing, with 110 electric cars being trialled in the area. Nationally, 340 cars will be tested. TSB ran its 'Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator' competition to find suitable areas to trial electric cars.
Iain Gray, TSB's chief executive, said: “We created the Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator competition to act as a catalyst for industry, the public sector and academia to collaborate to provide low emission vehicles and solutions to powering them.
“The journey towards low carbon transport will not be easy, but the demonstrator programme is the biggest project of its kind to date and is a major step in the right direction.”
The West Midlands' trial brings together local organisations within the engineering, automotive manufacturing, academic, public and infrastructure sectors under the banner 'Cabled' (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators).