Coventry & Oxford set to be UK’s 1st all electric bus cities: Coventry & Oxford could shortly become the first areas of the UK to operate all electric bus services.
This was reported after an England wide electric bus contest, that would award as much as £50 million to every region to change its full fleet of buses with all electric versions, install new infrastructure, like charging stations & pay for electric grid revisions.
The government took in 19 bids from throughout England to develop the 1st all electric bus town or city.
Contestants were asked to demonstrate how the plan could halt a current air quality problem & lay out existing plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated: “As we build back greener from Covid-19, we can provide people with more environmentally-friendly transport and cleaner air.
“Coventry and Oxford could soon be at the forefront of our plans for a new era of bus services, helping us develop the green transport network of the future and support jobs right here in the UK.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, added: “Turning all of Coventry’s bus fleet electric is not only a major boost to public transport in the city, but it will also help tackle the climate emergency we face both here in the West Midlands and the wider UK.”
Oxfordshire County Council Leader, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, announced: “Oxfordshire’s bid comes at a time when our council is determined to take concerted climate action to cut vehicle air pollution and expand the provision of bus services with our Zero Emission Zone and Connecting Oxford plans.”
Coventry & Oxford set to be UK’s 1st all electric bus cities