Electric car grants awarded

Electric car grants awarded

Bristol, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham have been awarded funding to promote the uptake of plug-in electric cars.

Each has received a share of a £40 million pot to invest in the technology, as part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says all four proposed "exciting and innovative ideas" that will encourage drivers to go green.

Proposals include building street lights that double as charge points and making 25,000 parking spaces free for plug-in car owners, saving commuters up to £1,300 a year. Privileges for electric cars, such as access to bus lanes in city centres, are also in the pipeline.

The Go Ultra Low City Scheme gives towns and cities the chance to i ncrease the local uptake of ultra low emission vehicles, which continue to grow in popularity.

Sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles shot up by 40% last year to 72,775, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, representing a market share of 2.8%.

The Government recently signed an international agreement to make almost all vehicles sold in the UK zero emission by 2050.

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