London presents vision for greener streets through increase in ultra low emission vehicles

  • By Jim Ranger

London’s local and regional governments have outlined their vision for an ultra low emission vehicle future, to improve air quality, combat climate change and unlock accessibility to new technologies for the city’s residents.

London Councils – which represents the 33 London local authorities – the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have submitted a joint bid for £20 million in funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV).

A lack of electric charging points across the city is seen as one of the main barriers to owning ultra low emissions vehicles and the bid outlines measures to tackle this – including installing more charging points in residential areas, in car club bays and for commercial vehicles.

Ultra low emission vehicles have an important role to play in managing the challenging task of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions in the city as its population continues to grow.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: “Ultra low emission vehicles have the potential to improve air quality in London and this will have a direct impact on people’s health.

“The harm caused by vehicle emissions is undeniable and London Councils is determined to support the boroughs in tackling this problem. London’s bid makes a clear and compelling case for OLEV to invest in London’s vision for its ultra-low emission future.”

Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz, said: “Ultra Low Emission Vehicles are a vital part of our vision for a cleaner, greener London and this funding would help us build the infrastructure that we need to make those vehicles more accessible and attractive to Londoners.

“We have already put in place the most ambitious range of measures to combat emissions of any city in the world, and helping increase the number of ultra-low emission private vehicles is the next important step.”


Notes to editors:

  •  The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) is part of Department for Transport, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department of Energy & Climate Change.
  •  OLEV’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme is a competition, through which two to four cities will share £35 million in funding. London is one of 12 cities in the final round of bidding.
  •  The bid to OLEV’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme outlines plans to increase the uptake of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) in London, across four areas:
    1.     Residential charging: Overcoming the barriers to allow ULEV owners without private off street parking to charge at home.
    2.     Car clubs: Enabling the transition to a 50 per cent ULEV fleet by 2025.
    3.     Commercial fleets: Unlocking ULEVs used for commercial fleets and enabling ULEV businesses to grow.
    4.     Neighbourhoods of the Future: Eight borough-led, local schemes to radically increase the uptake of ULEVs by building on the proposed new charging infrastructure.
  •  In June 2015, government announced a total of 9,046 ultra-low emission vehicles were registered in the first quarter of 2015 – a rise of 366 per cent from the same period in 2014.
  • This £20 million bid is part of a wider £50 million funding ask made by City Hall and Transport for London to assist greater uptake of ultra low emission vehicles in the capital.
  • The funding would complement innovative policies already put in place, including the Congestion Charge, Low Emission Zone and future Ultra-Low Emission Zone. The funding will help to achieve projections for 70,000 ultra-low emission vehicles sold in London by 2020 and an almost entirely ultra low emission light vehicle stock by 2050.