Milton Keynes Council has been shortlisted as one of twelve contenders to become a centre of excellence for low emission vehicles.
The government’s £35million Go Ultra Low City Scheme is designed to promote the potential in the UK to become an internationally outstanding example for the adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).
And Milton Keynes already has some of the UK’s most advanced projects for low emission vehicles, including the recent installation of 50 rapid chargers which can charge an electric car in around 20 minutes.
Council leader Peter Marland said that the project tied in with the city’s smart city agenda which also includes driverless pods and electric buses.
He added: “Milton Keynes is fast becoming globally known for being at the forefront of smart technology.
“From the electric buses to our driverless pods being lauded by the media in Shanghai, MK is getting a name for itself as the smartest city in the country; pioneering technology that will be beneficial to both our citizens and to the environment.”
The council will now work with its partners to fully develop a proposal for the scheme, with the winners, expected to be between two and four cities, due to be announced in the autumn.