Nottingham City Council has a strong track record in forward-thinking integrated transport delivery. Having invested in high quality trams, buses, integrated ticketing and cycling, the council’s ambitions turned to cleaning up the vehicles on our roads.
Our vision is to become an exemplar for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) spanning buses, taxis, commercial fleets and private vehicles. Our strategy is to lead by example – converting our own fleet - while providing the infrastructure and information to help businesses, residents and the wider public to make the change to cleaner vehicles.
In 2016 NCC became one of four Go Ultra Low (GUL) cities in the UK, tasked with delivering innovative measures to support the uptake of ULEVs.
The flagship project of our £6.1 GUL programme is aimed at citizens - a £2m scheme providing a public network of 230 charge points in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Through public events – attended by more than 2,000 people – we’re trying to help the wider public understand more about ULEVs, supported by our 50 ULEV Champions - early adopters who can share real life experience and advice.
We’re a believer in enabling local businesses to enjoy the benefits of going ultra low too, and our Workplace Travel Service offers fully funded fleet reviews, try before you buy experiences and grants up to £25,000 to help businesses and their staff travel more sustainably.
And we’re not afraid to try something new. The GUL programme has supported the trial of a bus lane with an exemption for ULEV drivers – the country’s first.
We’ve been successful in securing additional funding to help convert our bin lorries, as well as provide electric taxis for drivers to try.
It’s clear the programme is already having a significant impact, with our partners and champions agreeing Nottingham is leading the field in innovation to support ULEVs.