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UK outlines £290 million low emission vehicle funding plans

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Staff Writer | December 9, 2016
Government has outlined its plans to invest £290 million into low emission vehicles and improve the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
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Britain   Transport Secretary Chris Grayling
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling stated that “thousands of buses and taxis will be made greener and cleaner” because of a “£290 million Department for Transport investment to support low emission vehicles.”

DfT, which is working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on ways to improve air quality, said the funding “reiterates government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport and is a major step towards our aim for nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050.”

The £290 million funding is for three areas of activity:

- £150m for cleaner buses and taxis to provide better journeys and help tackle air quality challenges in towns and cities.

- £80m to improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

- £20m for an Advanced Renewable Fuel Demonstration Competition. This will provide grant funding, matched by the private sector, to build demonstration-scale advanced renewable fuel plants in the UK. This will target the decarbonisation of lorries and planes.

- £100m will follow to support plans to develop and test connected and driverless vehicle technology.