The British government is looking to convert a wide range of public service vehicles – such as buses, taxis, ambulances, and fire engines – into much more environmentally friendly vehicles with the new £5 million Clean Vehicle Technology Fund.
The fund will be distributed between seventeen local authorities which will enable them to adopt a variety of pollution-reducing technologies. In addition to the £5 million, £50,000 of funding will go towards helping the local authorities monitor the results of their clean energy projects.
The technologies that the local authorities will be using to reduce greenhouse gas emission range from advanced catalytic converters to flywheel hybrid technologies, natural gas engines, and solar installations, the majority of which will be used on green bus projects.
“We received imaginative applications from local authorities from across England for vehicles including buses, taxis, vans, fire engines and ambulances,” said Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. “All the schemes will lower emissions in busy towns and cities. The funding we are providing will result in real public health benefits while supporting skilled jobs and economic growth in the environmental technologies industries.”
This new fund is meant to expand upon the success of the government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund last year which awarded £7.3 million to twenty-six local authorities, funding the modification of over 500 buses.
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