North East to receive green car funding

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The North East is set to be awarded development funding to expand on low emission motoring in the area. 

As much as £5million will go to the North East, York, Dundee and Oxford, as part of £40m investment Go Ultra Low Cities has announced.

The funding has been awarded to the areas to help in kick-starting a country-wide clean motoring initiative.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “With thousands more plug-in cars set to be sold, cutting running costs for motorists and helping the environment, this investment will help to put the UK at the forefront of the global ultra-low emissions race.

“Initiatives such as customer experience centres, free parking, permission to drive in bus lanes and hundreds of new, convenient public charging locations are sure to appeal to drivers and inspire other cities and authorities to invest in the electric revolution.

“The £40 million investment by the Government, combined with funds from each winning area, will transform the roads for residents in and around the 4 Go Ultra Low Cities.”

The majority of the funds are being given to help London,  Milton Keynes, Bristol and Nottinghamshire and Derby promote green vehicle technology.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “These Go Ultra Low Cities have proposed exciting, innovative ideas that will encourage drivers to choose an electric car.

“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 £600 million 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.”

It is also reported that the £40m will also support highly skilled jobs in the automotive industry by encouraging the sale of thousands of extra plug-in cars.

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