Nottingham showcase their Go Ultra Low City aspirations

Nottingham City Council is set to showcase its Go Ultra Low City aspirations at the UK’s largest Low Carbon Vehicle event on 14-15 September.

The City Council will be presenting to industry and Government professionals at the LCV2016 in Millbrook how it is leading the way in supporting the introduction of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) as part of becoming one of the first Go Ultra Low Cities in the UK. Nottingham was successful in securing £6.1m earlier in the year by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) along with partners Nottinghamshire County Council and Derby City Council.

Nottingham will be sharing details of its investment plans to encourage both businesses and residents to switch to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), which includes pure electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicles to help deliver an additional 8,000 ULEVs on our roads by 2020.

Funding the City Council has received will support initiatives to:

  • Develop an electric vehicle charging network that is integrated with the Robin Hood Card to support charging for commuters and visitors at park and ride sites and other key destinations
  • Introduce rapid charging hubs for cars, taxis and vans within the Nottingham and Derby urban areas
  • Support business to invest in ULEVs through grants and take a leading role in supporting the public sector to convert its fleet to ULEVs
  • Create a shared electric bus and ULEV priority corridor running east to west across the city
  • Support alternative fuel technologies research and trials and create opportunities for training and education

Further OLEV funding has also been awarded of £0.9m for electric bus charging equipment for the 13 new electric buses and a £4.4m joint bid with Nottingham City Transport to introduce 53 Bio-methane fuelled double decker buses and associated refuelling station.

The City Council is also bidding for a share of £20m to develop an electric taxi fleet and support for private hire vehicles and is also working with DEFRA regarding plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020.

Councillor Nick McDonald, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport said: “This is an opportunity to show how Nottingham is continuing to lead the way in supporting new technology to achieve a greener future.

“Along with measures such as the tram, further investment in our bus network and improved cycling facilities, the roll out of low-emission vehicles will result in significantly improved air quality which will be better for everyone.”

The trade event is open to businesses to attend for free. For more information see: http://www.cenex-lcv.co.uk/2016/about-cenex-lcv.asp

To find out more about Go Ultra Low Nottingham please visit: www.goultralownottingham.org.uk

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