New drive for electric vehicles

December 22 2017

Bristol’s cabinet has approved two proposals designed to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

Bristol’s cabinet has approved two proposals designed to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

Both have been made possible thanks to £7 million funding from the Department for Transport’s Office for Electric Vehicles (OLEV) and are designed to help improve air quality in the city whilst also delivering on the Mayor’s commitment to ensure that the whole city is powered by clean energy by 2050.

New electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Bristol and the West of England region as part of the Go Ultra Low West project. The council will aim to manage and operate a network of 400 charging points across the area.

As part of the project the cabinet also approved a proposal to update any council vehicles which are over 10 years old to reduce air pollution and save money on running and maintenance costs. Fifty of these will be electric vehicles, funded by OLEV.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a great opportunity for the council to lead the way in improving air quality in the short term and make progress towards our long term aim to make Bristol a city that is run on clean energy.

“Not only do these proposals improve our environment they also make good economic sense.  Updating our own fleet, for example, is saving us money with maintenance and running costs."