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ULEV £35M Grant: Shortlisted Cities Confirmed Alongside Proposals

£35M ULEV grant: local authorities that could share government grant to increase use of ultra low emission vehicles revealed.

Shortlisted Cities Confirmed For Low Emission Vehicle Grant

The local authorities shortlisted to win part a £35 million government grant to increase use of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) has been revealed alongside proposed initiatives.

The objective – as such cars emit no more than 75g of carbon per kilometre – is to protect the environment.

Candidates include: City of York Council, Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland, Dundee City Council, Greater London Authority, Leicester City Council, Milton Keynes Council, North East Combined Authority, Nottingham City Council, Oxford City Council, Sheffield City Council, West of England and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Proposals To Increase Use Of ULEV

Go Ultra Low – the “national campaign for ultra low emission vehicles” that helps demystify the concept – says the local authorities have: “Put forward pioneering initiatives that ministers hope will position the UK among the world’s leading markets for plug-in electric vehicles and eco-innovation.” These include:

  • a car scrappage scheme to replace conventionally-fuelled vehicles with ultra low emission vehicles;
  • replacing existing council fleets with pure electric and ultra low emission models;
  • increasing ultra low emission vehicle salary sacrifice schemes to make ultra low emission vehicles more accessible;
  • electric vehicle carpools for public and private sector workers;
  • energy efficient LED street lights that double-up as electric vehicle charge points;
  • on-street community charging facilities in locations where charging is presently impractical or limited;
  • smartphone style charge points with interactive screens and WiFi access;
  • long-term electric vehicle parking at major transport hubs;
  • enhancing usability and benefits for low-emission car club members with greater charging and parking options.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, explains: "We’re excited by the passion and innovation demonstrated by cities across the UK, and we look forward to congratulating the UK's first Go Ultra Low Cities.”

She continues: “We will work closely with the winning regions to help increase motorists' awareness of the variety, economy and practicality of ultra low emission vehicles through innovative schemes that incentivise purchase, increase use and enhance infrastructure."

Transport Minister Andrew Jones adds: “We are determined to maintain international leadership on the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles. I look forward to seeing the winning ideas for greener, cheaper cars in action."

Furthermore, "This funding for eco-cities is part of our £500 million funding programme over the next 5 years to support British industry and achieve our ambition of almost every car, bus and van in the UK being ultra low emission by 2050”.