12 cities have this month been shortlisted for a share of £35m funding, to support electrical vehicles in their areas.
Electric vehicle charging street lights, car scrappage schemes to encourage a switch to electric alternatives, and an expansion of car clubs are just some of the proposals on how cities would use the funding.
Others proposed replacing council fleets with electric models, launching tax efficient salary sacrifice schemes, and offering additional grants.
The shortlisted cities are York, Northern Ireland, Dundee, London, Leicester, Milton Keynes, the North East, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, the West of England and West Yorkshire.
Commenting on the programme, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We are determined to maintain international leadership on the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. I look forward to seeing the winning ideas for greener, cheaper cars in action. This funding for eco-cities is part of our £500m funding programme over the next 5 years to support British industry and achieve our ambition of almost every car, bus and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2050.”
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles, responsible for the programme, hope that the proposals will result in thousands more electric vehicles being deployed across the UK in the next 5 years.
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low said: "We will work closely with the winning regions to help increase motorists' awareness of the variety, economy and practicality of ultra-low emission vehicles through innovative schemes that incentivise purchase, increase use and enhance infrastructure."
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