The DfT has announced a shortlist of 12 cities and authorities bidding for a share of a £35m fund to become centres of excellence for low emission vehicles.
The Go Ultra Low 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 12 cities and authorities on the shortlist 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; and Leicester City Council.
These shortlisted cities have been invited to develop their proposals and the winners, expected to be between two to four cities, will be announced in the autumn.
Baroness Kramer, transport minister, said: “This shortlist is an important part of our effort to improve air quality and establish the UK as a global leader in the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. This is an important step towards our 2050 vision, when almost every car and van in the UK will be an ultra-low emission vehicle.”
The shortlist has been announced alongside an additional £30m to enable local authorities and bus operators to replace existing vehicles with greener alternatives to help improve urban air quality.