The UK government is investing £40m to boost electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and consumer uptake in Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London.
A number of proposals were submitted for the Go Ultra Low City Scheme which included building street lights that double as charge points and making 25,000 parking spaces free for plug-in car owners.
The four best proposals were awarded part of the £40m funding pool from the Department for Transport:
- London was awarded £13m to prioritise EVs in several boroughs, such as introducing charging infrastructure to over a dozen streets in Hackney.
- Milton Keynes will receive £9m to build a centre for providing advice to consumers about EVs and offer short-term loans. The town also proposes to open all its 20,000 parking bays for free to EVs.
- Bristol has been awarded £7m for the introduction of free residential parking for EVs, access to three car share lanes and over 80 fast chargers.
- Nottinghamshire and Derby will use £6m to install 230 charge points and pay for a programme to enable local companies to try EVs with a view to buying them.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the winning bids for investment in the technology had proposed "exciting, innovative ideas that will encourage drivers to choose an electric car".
He continued: "I want to see thousands more greener vehicles on our roads and I am proud to back this ambition with £40m to help the UK become international pioneers of emission-cutting technology.
"The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600m by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040."
The Go Ultra Low Cities fund is part of a £600m package to boost Low Emission Vehicles by 2020. £400m has been guaranteed to fund individual plug-in car grants, investment in low emission buses and taxis, and research and development funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and longer-lasting car batteries.