Nottingham City Council is set to showcase its work supporting the development of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) this week at the UK’s largest low carbon vehicle event.
The council will be presenting its plans to industry professionals at the 10th annual CENEX Low Carbon vehicle event over the next few days (6-7 September).
Last year Nottingham was one of four cities which received a share of funding – £6.1m – from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to progress projects that will support the anticipated growth of 8,000 new ULEVs, including both electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicles, in Nottingham.
So far the council has 20 Ultra Low Emission Vehicles and in 2016 joined the likes of Microsoft UK and Transport for London in receiving Go Ultra Low company status, recognising its commitment. A further three ULEV cars and two vans are on order to be used by the Community Protection team.
A number of projects to support the uptake of ULEVs are underway in the city, including installing 230 fast and rapid charge points across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derby before 2020, providing the necessary infrastructure and support for drivers.
Councillor Sally Longford, portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and local transport, said: “The City Council is continuing to lead the way in supporting new, cleaner technology, and we’re proud to be showcasing what we’re doing at this year’s CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event.
“All our activities will support local economic growth and help reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide from transport, meaning cleaner air for our citizens, while maintaining our position as one of the leaders in local integrated transport.”
The other activities Nottingham City Council is delivering include: a business engagement package, making grants of up to £25,000 available for businesses and the public sector to spend on EV charge points and to encourage initiatives like cycling; community engagement, by running a series of ULEV experience events to promote sustainable transport; a Low Emission Vehicle Enterprise and Learning hub aimed at businesses and explaining new technology; and the UK’s first ULEV lane - piloting the use of a shared bus and electric vehicle priority lane as part of the Daleside Road Improvement Scheme which is currently under construction.