Oxford City Council in the UK has secured GBP200,000 of government funding to buy new electric vehicles and charging points
The money will be used to procure two electric light goods vehicles and three cargo bikes for the town’s Covered Market traders, and cover the installation of three charging points in Market Street, one of the streets where the market is located.
“The funding is part of the City Council’s efforts to help Covered Market businesses get ready for the introduction of the world’s first Zero Emission Zone, to be introduced progressively across the city centre from 2020,” an Oxford City Council statement reads.
The initiative will also open up storage spaces. This, combined with the quieter electric delivery vehicles, will enable deliveries to take place at night, helping to alleviate traffic congestion in the area.
This is part of a range of projects by Oxford City Council to help the city prepare for the Zero Emission Zone.
The projects are currently worth a total of GBP3.25 million (US$4.6 million), including 19 taxi charging points, five all-electric buses and 78 ultra-low emission buses.
Oxford also previously announced plans to install 100 public EV chargers as part of the Go Ultra Low Oxford project.