Which City Will Win Green £35m Competition?
A New Year brings a new competition which could see up to four cities win a share of £35million government funding to support innovative ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
The Go Ultra Low city scheme will offer lucky local authorities the chance to become a UK frontrunner in green vehicles.
To enter, authorities need to provide plans to: ‘improve local air quality, reduce local carbon emissions, create ULEV-related growth opportunities for businesses both in the local area and beyond’.
Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “This £35m funding is an unequivocal signal from government that we are committed to improving air quality and making ultra-low emission vehicles a practical and viable choice for more people.
“I would like to encourage local authorities to take up this fantastic opportunity. This can help to transform people’s quality of life in their cities and build a stronger economy.”
Councils have until 20th February this year to submit their green visions and the shortlist entrees will be expected to submit final bids by the end of August with winners announced in the Autumn.
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As well as the Go Ultra Low city scheme, the government had dedicated a ten-year £500million investment, matched by the industry, for a new advanced propulsion centre. This centre will focus specifically to develop, manufacture and market advanced green automotive technology.
On top of this, the government have pledged a further £500million to help boost the wider ultra-low emission vehicle industry.
After an initial slow start, a record number of motorists have taken the opportunity to buy an ULEV through the government grant scheme. The Plug-In Car Grant Initiative gives savings of £5000 for cars and £8000 for vans resulting in a wave of new interest for the technology.
2015 could truly be the year of the electric vehicle as 7,000 charge points are now publicly available at 3,000 locations across the UK. The Department for Transport have set the lofty target of providing every motorway station with a rapid charger by the years end.