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UK cities shortlisted for £35m Go Ultra Low funding

Date: 11 March 2015   |   Author:

Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen are all part of Go Ultra Low

The Government has revealed that 12 UK cities have been shortlisted to receive a share of £35 million in order to promote ultra-low emission vehicles.

The cities have until 31 August this year to finalise their submissions and the winning cities will be announced in the autumn.

The 12 cities and authorities shortlisted 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

The Go Ultra Low funding will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to achieve 'exemplar status' - becoming internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of plug-in vehicles in a local area.

Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer said: "This funding is an unequivocal signal from Government that we are committed to making ultra-low emission vehicles a practical and viable choice for more people.

"Today's shortlist of 12 Go Ultra Low Cities from across the country is an important part of our effort to improve air quality and establish the UK as a global leader in the uptake of low and ultra-low emissions vehicles. This can help to transform people's quality of life in their cities and is an important step towards our 2050 vision when almost every car, bus and van in the UK will be an ultra-low emission vehicle."

The scheme rewards cities that show how their plans could be rolled out across the UK, and how their initiatives complement other schemes in their city, such as wider transport policies like the Low Emission Bus and Taxi Schemes.

Those cities that address local air quality issues, particularly in relation to NO2 and other particulate matter, will also be considered favourably.

Hetal Shah, head of Go Ultra Low, said: "Today's shortlisting of the UK's first Go Ultra Low Cities is a major step forward in boosting motorists' awareness of the economy, variety and practicality of ultra-low emission vehicles.

"We look forward to working with the winning cities to help bring low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring to thousands more people through innovative schemes that incentivise purchase, facilitate use and enhance infrastructure."

The Go Ultra Low campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together the Department for Transport (DfT), the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and a consortium of seven car manufacturers - Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.