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UK cities put forward eco initiatives to bid for £35m government funding

Set up by The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme will award local authorities that best demonstrate the potential to deliver a significant increase in the uptake of ULEVs. The winning cities will be announced before the end of the year. 

Initiatives featured in the bids include: 

  • A car scrappage scheme to replace conventionally fuelled vehicles with ULEVs
 
  • Replacing existing council fleets with pure electric and ultra low emission models
 
  • Increasing ULEV salary sacrifice schemes to make ultra low emission vehicles more accessible
 
  • EV 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 EV parking at major transport hubs
 
  • Enhancing usability and benefits for low-emission car club members with greater charging and parking options
 

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “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. This funding for eco-cities is part of our £500 million funding programme over the next five 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.”

The full list of 12 cities and authorities shortlisted for official Go Ultra Low status and a share of the £35 million funding are: 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; West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.