Four cities share ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ government funding 26 January 2016

Bristol, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham are to receive a share of £35 million of government funding through the new ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ scheme, set up by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV).

A further four follower city areas – Dundee, Oxford, York and the North East – will receive a share of £5 million development funding for specific initiatives.

The Go Ultra Low Cities programme was launched nationally yesterday (25 January 2016) by Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin (pictured), at the University of Nottingham, following the submission of bids in October last year by 12 locations across the UK.

The cities are now expected to see thousands of new ULEVs (ultra-low emissions vehicles) on their roads over the next five years, helping to meet the government’s air quality targets.

During the bidding process, the UK’s centre of excellence for low carbon technologies, Cenex, worked with Nottingham and its local partners, providing technical support and advice on proposed measures.

“It is refreshing to see continued investment from government at a national and local level to encourage the uptake of ULEVs while simultaneously tackling the issue of poor air quality,” comments Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex.

“Tackling air quality has become a necessity to ensure the UK meets its targets, and the deployment of more ULEVs is crucial to achieve this,” he continues.

“We congratulate all four ‘Go Ultra Low’ Cities, which will no doubt be exemplars for electric vehicle deployment going forward.”

Brian Tinham

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