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£40 Million Grant To Add Electric Car Chargers To Lamp Posts

Electric car owners to get chargers in lamp posts, free parking and use of bus lanes in 4 UK cities thanks to £40 million grant.

The UK Government has confirmed which cities/towns share its £40 million grant to implement plans that encourage the use of ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle).

A Go Ultra Low car is a ULEV which produces 75g or less of CO2 per kilometre from the tailpipe and a minimum 10 miles of zero-emission driving.

London receives £13 million, Nottingham £6 million, Bristol £7 million, and Milton Keynes £9 million via the Go Ultra-Low City Scheme. The winners were chosen based on their suggested initiatives.

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In London, for example, street lamps in more than a dozen roads in Hackney will soon incorporate charge points. In Milton Keynes, the Electric Vehicle Enterprise Centre will provide advice and short term vehicle loans. Furthermore, 20,000 of the town's parking spaces will become free for ULEV owners. 

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Free Residential Parking In Bristol For Electric Cars

Drivers in Bristol will receive free residential parking for ultra-low emission vehicles, access to carpool lanes and more infrastructure to facilitate charging. A scheme to encourage the short term lease of electric cars – so that motorists understand their capabilities prior to purchase – also looks set to come to fruition.

In Nottingham, drivers will get charging points, discounted parking and access to bus lanes on key routes. Such initiatives could further increase ultra low emission car sales that – in 2015 - eclipsed the total of 2010 - 2014. 2015 best sellers were the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Nissan LEAF and BMW i3.

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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 £40 million to help the UK become international pioneers of emission cutting technology”.

McLoughlin added: “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).

Go Ultra Low is a “1-stop hub for everything you need to know about ultra low emission vehicles”, its website says.

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Its Head, Poppy Welch, added: “We’re excited to see the innovative ideas put forward by each of the winning Go Ultra Low Cities become reality over the coming months. The £40 million investment by government - combined with funds from each winning area - will transform the roads for residents in and around the 4 Go Ultra Low Cities. With thousands more plug-in cars set to be sold, cutting running costs for motorists and helping the environment, this investment will help to put the UK at the forefront of the global ultra low emissions race.”