Over £6 million dedicated for new taxi chargepoints across UK
This marks another milestone in the delivery of the Road to Zero strategy and the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge which aims for cleaner, greener journeys.
The UK government has awarded more than £6 million to support ultra-low-emission taxis across the country, furthering its ambition for a zero-emission future.
This funding will see almost 300 rapid chargepoints and 46 fast chargepoints installed for ultra-low-emission taxis in 17 local authorities, including Greater Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Leicester and the northeast.
Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “The government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.
“This funding will support almost 4,000 ultra-low-emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”
It is estimated that more than 800 ultra-low-emission black cabs and more than 3,000 ultra-low-emission PHVs will benefit from the new chargepoints, supporting a shift towards cleaner, greener transport.
Richard Harrington, Automotive Minister, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in the economy. These new chargepoints for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long-standing partnership with the UK automotive sector.”
In another boost for the zero-emission vehicle and automotive sector, winners of a £14 million competition to fund hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure projects have been decided. This technology provides a range of over 300 miles and a refuelling time of three to five minutes.