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Milton Keynes is to receive £9m funding to further its pioneering work in developing modern vehicles to tackle harmful emissions, reduce the carbon footprint, and make it one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.


MK is one of only four lead UK cities and authorities to win part of a £40m government ‘pot’ in the Go Ultra Low Cities programme, run by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).


The other key Go Ultra Low Cities partner is a consortium of eight car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, Kia and Nissan – which launched its very own LEAF EV car here in 2011.


Key features of the MK proposal are:


  • Free parking for ULEV vehicles in MK
  • Charging Hubs, where vehicles can be fully recharged in around 30min
  • Charging posts close to residential areas
  • An EV experience centre where potential owners can try before they buy
  • Priority for ULEV, in bus lanes and
  • Destination charging – targeting key popular locations such as supermarkets, hotels and leisure facilities

The government wants every new passenger vehicle sold in the UK by 2050 to have ultra low emissions and vehicles that fall into this category currently include pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and range extended vehicles.


Ultra Low Emission Vehicles are categorised as having tailpipe emissions of less than 75kg/km of CO(to qualify for the plug-in car grant).


Milton Keynes was one of 12 cities and authorities originally shortlisted for official Go Ultra Low Cities status and a share of the £40 million funding, along with: City of York Council; Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland; Dundee City Council; Greater London Authority; Leicester City Council; North East Combined Authority; Nottingham City Council; Oxford City Council; Sheffield City Council; West of England; West Yorkshire Combined Authority.


The other ‘winning’ lead cities are London, Bristol and Nottingham.


The Go Ultra Low campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together the Department for Transport (DfT), the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and a consortium of seven car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.


Further information about ultra-low emission vehicles, charge point locations and purchase incentives can be found at http://www.GoUltraLow.com.


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