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Nottingham infrastructure for greener vehicles 

City Council leads project across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (aka D2N2) to install more chargepoints for electric vehicles. 

Department for Transport (DfT) funding means that councils and public sector organisations across the Nottingham City Council region can invest in the infrastructure needed to make the switch to greener electric vehicles (EVs). 

Woman charging an electric vehicle as a chargepoint

Photo courtesy Nottingham City Council

Through the DfT’s Future Transport Zones programme, local authorities and other public sector organisations (such as emergency services) are provided with the means to install EV chargepoints on their premises. In part, the aim is to support the creation of a public sector charging network that will in turn encourage more public sector bodies to include a greater number of electric vehicles in their fleets. 

There are already 31 bodies signed up to the network and 17 sites have had chargepoints installed. These include Edwinstowe Fire Station, Newark & Sherwood District Council Brunel Depot and Wollaton Communities Courtyard. 

What’s more, this new initiative follows the success of the Go Ultra Low project completed in 2019, in which Nottingham City Council installed more than 300 chargepoints across the region for public use. The council also switched more than over 50% of the its own fleet to EVs. That included the world’s first purpose-built electric bin lorry.  

Late last year, Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT) Red Line 50 electric bus service was extended to run later into evenings and seven days a week, increasing the provision of green transport in the region.  

Cllr Neghat Khan, Nottingham City Council Leader and Executive Member for Transport, says: ‘It’s great that we’re able to use funding from the Future Transport Zones programme to support this work, as well as trialling new technologies to future-proof our transport network.  

‘Making charging more accessible is key to supporting people and organisations to make the switch to electric vehicles. This project will help local authorities and other public sector organisations lead by example and turn their own fleets green, helping improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.’ 

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