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Four UK cities became international pioneers of green vehicle technology after winning a share of £40 million to boost the number of plug-in electric vehicles on their roads from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The winning Go Ultra Low Cities – Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London – have received funding that encourages thousands of people to consider switching to an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. In addition, the government also set aside £5 million of the total £40 million fund for specific charging infrastructure initiatives in Dundee, Oxford, York and the North East region.

Nottingham received £6.120m funding from the Go Ultra Low City scheme. The primary objective of the Go Ultra Low City scheme is to promote the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the local area. Other national drivers are to bolster the UK’s reputation as the home of vehicle manufacturing and innovation, to deliver energy security and improve air quality.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, is ultimately responsible for the programme. He knows how important the programme is to City:

“Being successful with this £6.1million award enables Nottingham to become an exemplar for low carbon transport demonstrated through greater use of these ultra-low emission vehicles for business, commuting and leisure. This funding will shape our vision to become the UK’s greenest transport city, with effective, joined up and environmentally positive transport, it is clear that we have unrivalled ambition to establish the UK’s best sustainable transport offer for residents, visitors and the business community.”

The programme is being run by the Transport Strategy Team at Nottingham City Council as the lead authority. External partners have been brought in to support aspects of the programme including:

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The Go Ultra Low Companies initiative recognises UK companies that have made efforts to embrace electric cars and vans as part of their vehicle fleets. Run by campaign group Go Ultra Low and backed by government and the automotive industry, the initiative also acknowledges and rewards businesses that have made a commitment to boost their uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) over the next five years.

Public and private sector organisations that already use EVs, or offer them to employees as company cars, are eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, providing there’s a commitment for EVs to make up 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020. Government forecasts suggest a 5% market share for electric vehicles by 2020, and the Go Ultra Low campaign is looking for corporate partners that share this ambition.

Signing up to Go Ultra Low Company is simple and free to register.

Are you a Go Ultra Low Company? We want to hear from you! Email goultralow@nottinghamcity.gov.uk and we will add you as a case study onto our website.

Nottingham City Council is leading the procurement process on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council and Derby City Council. A soft market test has been released to gather information from charge point providers to shape the formal procurement process. The City Council will be publishing a tender to identify a sole provider or consortium of providers who will be responsible for the design, build, operation, maintenance, and management of all charge point assets across the network. A Soft Market Test was released in early September to gather information to inform this procurement process. This process ended on 6th October 2016. The formal procurement commenced in late December 2016. The tender evaluations and selection is expected to be complete in October 2017 when the contract will be awarded. These timescales are indicative and therefore may change.

Whilst it may appear to take a long time to start the installation, the Councils’ are using this process to ensure that the best possible system is installed, that it is suitable for all EV users in the region, and that the network is ‘future proofed’ to provide on-going charging opportunities to support increased EV numbers in the years to come. Whilst these timescales are indicative, the City Council are committed to delivering a network as soon as possible.

The prices for ultra-low emission vehicles, and the associated recharging infrastructure, are varied depending on the type, make and model.

  • The Go Ultra Low website has a large knowledge base with data and costs provided by the various manufacturers.
  • The Next Green Car website has a wealth of information available to help drivers make informed decisions on their next vehicles, including tax and economic calculations.

The programme is hoping to offer a workplace grants scheme to help increase the uptake of plug-in electric vehicles across Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Derby. The grants package is still being finalised, but there are already a variety of funding opportunities offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles that can help reduce the initial cost of an electric or plug-in hybrid car or van.

Yes! The programme is open for all plug-in electric vehicles, whether they are plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles. Vans and cars of all sizes are covered by the programme.

The scheme focuses on Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs), although Nottingham City Council knows the importance of other low emission vehicle technologies across other vehicle sectors.