Wessex helps win Bristol’s £7million electric vehicle bid



BRISTOL has been awarded funds this week (January 25, 2016) to promote green vehicle technology after successfully bidding with the help of Wessex Garages for a share of a multi-million pound pot.

The money supports plug-in electric as part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme. Bristol and the West of England was named as a funding recipient by Andrew Jones, Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Keith Brock, our Managing Director, said: “This is tremendous for Bristol and the environment as a whole. We would like to thank Andrew Jones, Under Secretary of State for Transport and Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary, along with all of the dedicated people within both councils, who have shown such passion and commitment towards developing a cleaner transport policy for the city and its residents.

“This is a major game changer for the City of Bristol and with more rapid charging points being committed to the city and with the new 30kw Nissan 100% electric Leaf now available, which now has a range of up to 150 miles, it really does start to change vehicle habits.”

Business West brought together a range of businesses and employers to help input into the bid including seeking advice from Wessex Garages.

James Durie, Chief Executive of Bristol Chamber of Commerce at Business West, said: “We are delighted to win this Go Ultra funding, which will enable us to accelerate the take up and use of electric vehicles.

“Improving and greening transport is a top priority for business in this city region. This success enables us to drive behaviour change, using smart technology and builds on our year as European Green Capital, showing how we achieve sustainable urban living.”

Thanks to Business West and Wessex’s help, the region will get £7 million to offer residents free residential parking for electric vehicles, access to three carpool lanes in the city and more than 80 rapid and fast chargers across the city.

There will also be a scheme encouraging people to lease a plug-in car for up to four weeks to help them better understand the range of benefits that electric vehicles bring.

The funding was awarded to Bristol because it, with the support of Wessex Garages, designed a scheme that will help encourage thousands of people to consider switching to a plug-in car.

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 £40 million 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.”

These proposals will back the UK’s thriving green vehicle sector, improve air quality in urban hotspots and help the government meet its emission cutting targets.

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 local authorities to invest in the electric revolution.”

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