Why buying an electric car could mean an end to traffic jams

January 29, 2016

Drivers of electric cars promised new perks, including the right to use bus lanes

Drivers of electric cars will soon be allowed to drive in bus lanes to beat congestion in UK towns and cities.

The move is part of a government plan to increase the take up of ultra-low emission vehicles, with Milton Keynes and Derby set to be the first places to operate the scheme.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles which have a petrol engine but can travel a considerable distance on electric power will also qualify for the perk. However conventional hybrids won’t.

The bus lane scheme was revealed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, as he announced the winners of a £40 million fund to promote green vehicle technology.

UK regions were encouraged to bid for a share of the fund by proposing initiatives, with Nottinghamshire and Derby, Milton Keynes, Bristol and London named as the winners.

McLoughlin said: “These cities have proposed exciting, innovative ideas that will encourage drivers to choose an electric car.

“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040 .”

The winning regions will use the money to deliver technology such as rapid-charging hubs and street lights that double as charging points.

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