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Local authorities get £6m to fund ULEV taxi chargepoints

The Government is awarding more than £6m in funding to 17 local authorities across the UK to help support the shift to ultra-low emission taxis.

Plug-in taxis like the LEVC taxi shown, will now be eligible for a £7,500 grant

More than 300 chargepoints for ultra-low emission taxis will be created

The announcement was made today (5 February 2019) at the Smart Transport conference by the Future of Mobility Minister and will see almost 300 rapid chargepoints and 46 fast chargepoints installed for ultra-low emission taxis in 17 local authorities, including in Greater Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Leicester and the north east.

The funding is intended to help with the delivery of the Government’s Road to Zero strategy. It’s estimated that more than 800 ultra-low emission black cabs and more than 3,000 ultra-low emission private hire vehicles will benefit from the new chargepoints.

Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “The Government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.

“Today’s funding will support almost 4,000 ultra low emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.