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What is Go Ultra Low?

Go Ultra Low West is a £7m project running across the entire West of England area (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset) to provide the infrastructure and environment for large scale conversion to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The West of England’s local authorities and its partners are committed to encouraging the wider use of low emission transport by moving towards wider and growing use of plug-in vehicles.

The main schemes that fall under Go Ultra Low West are:

On-street charge points
Led by Bristol City Council, the aim is to provide Electric Vehicle (EV) charging on the roadsides in Bristol. There is already electric vehicle charging provided by car parks and workplaces, but this will enable charging in residential areas as well. Find out more about charge points here.

Business grants
Go Ultra Low West is providing 50% of the funding for charge points to be installed in businesses in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. These can be for use by your employees, visitors or fleet. More information about this funding is available here.

Electric car clubs
We are working with West of England car club providers to install charging points for electric car club vehicles, so that those people who don’t need a car all of the time can still benefit from electric technology.

Council fleets
Each authority in the West of England has been set targets to convert their conventional diesel and petrol powered fleet to cleaner and more economical electric powered vehicles. By 2021 at least 20% of the fleets are to be electric.

Charging hubs
By 2021 there will be four demonstration Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging Hubs in the West of England region, located in South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol. These will charge cars in approximately 30 minutes. They will be used like conventional fuel stations, but for electric car owners to be able to pull in, charge up and drive away. The hubs will be located close to amenities like shops and cafes, so that the time spent whilst the car is charging can be enjoyed by all EV owners.

Public charging network
Informed by market research, a large network of new charge points will be installed to ensure that owners of electric vehicles have one near to their homes. This will mean electric car owners without access to a driveway/garage for home charging will be able to charge in their local area.

Demonstration vehicles
An opportunity to try out an electric vehicle for two weeks, for only the cost of the electricity used. This is in partnership with ECar, part of the Europcar group. This will allow people to experience an electric vehicle without having to purchase one.

You can find out more about Go Ultra Low nationwide on the Go Ultra Low website.

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