UK Transport Minister Baroness Kramer and Business Minister Matt Hancock announced a shortlist of 12 cities vying for a share of a £35-million (US$53-million) fund to become centers of excellence for low emission vehicles. The shortlist will be reduced to 2-4 finalists which will receive funding awards.
The Go Ultra Low city scheme will reward cities that demonstrate the most potential to become internationally outstanding examples for the adoption of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a local area.
The funding has been announced alongside an additional £30 million to enable local authorities and bus operators to replace existing vehicles with greener, cutting-edge alternatives to help clean up urban air quality.
The 12 cities and authorities shortlisted for the £35 million Go Ultra Low city scheme are:
- Greater London Authority
- West Yorkshire Combined Authority
- North East Combined Authority
- City of York Council
- West of England
- Dundee City Council
- Sheffield City Council
- Milton Keynes Council
- Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland
- Oxford City Council
- Nottingham City Council
- Leicester City Council
The Department for Transport will assess bids for the bus funding against a detailed range of criteria, including potential air quality improvements and value for money. The scheme builds on the success of the Green Bus fund, which delivered around 1,250 low emission buses onto England’s roads.
The investment forms the latest part of a £500-million (US$752-million) package set aside for ULEVs that was announced last year.
The Go Ultra Low campaign aims to increase consumer and fleet uptake of ULEVs. 7 major vehicle manufacturers and the government are backing Go Ultra Low to highlight the increasing variety and benefits of ULEVs.