London, Nottingham, Bristol, and Milton Keynes have won millions in funding to encourage drivers to go green.
The four cities have been awarded “significant funds" from the government to promote green vehicle technology after bidding for a share of a multi-million pot created to support the take-up of plug-in electric cars across the UK.
The winning cities will deliver a rollout of technology, such as rapid-charging hubs and street lighting that double as charge points, along with a range of innovative proposals that will give plug-in car owners extra local privileges such as access to bus lanes in city centres. Around 25,000 parking spaces will also be opened up for plug-in car owners saving commuters as much as £1,300 a year.
Out of the £40m fund, London will get £13m and Milton Keynes, £9m. Bristol will get £7m while Nottingham will get £6m. Meanwhile, £5m of development funding will be awarded for specific initiatives in Dundee, Oxford, York and north east regions.
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.”