Milton Keynes: Go Ultra Low City
As a Go Ultra Low City, Milton Keynes aims for 23% of all new vehicles sold to be electric or plug-in vehicles by 2022, as well as to increase charge point infrastructure and to promote innovative zero emission solutions.
Go Ultra Low City
In 2016, Go Ultra Low launched its ‘Low Carbon City Scheme’ aimed at improving emissions in major cities across the country, and with exclusive funding awarded to 4 chosen cities. Of the £40 million total funding, £9 million was awarded to Milton Keynes, the second largest funding in the scheme, alongside London, Bristol and Nottingham.
Funding in Milton Keynes has been distributed as follows:
- £5 million has been put towards electric and plug-in vehicles over the next 5 years
- £2 million invested in infrastructure
- £1 million towards innovation
- £500,000 invested in the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre.
Milton Keynes Council plan to achieve this through initiatives such as the EV Experience Centre, as well as through the building a Rapid Electric Charging Hub equipped with 6-8 rapid charging units, and by working with local residents and landlords as part of the MK Promise.
Milton Keynes Grants
Having a Homecharge unit installed at your property is a convenient alternative to using public charge points, with the benefit of being able to charge up overnight or while you relax at home. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) offers the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) to electric and plug-in vehicle drivers, which offers a grant of up to £500 towards the purchase and installation of a Homecharge unit.
For more information on Homecharging and applying for the EVHS grant, please visit:
MK Council offer funding towards purchase and installation of workplace charge points for businesses. Installed by Chargemaster, these charge points are private under the workplace scheme, meaning access is restricted to employees.
If you are interested in a work place charger or would like some more information, please contact Ryan Hooper at the EV Centre.
As part of Go Ultra Low’s funding, Milton Keynes Council have allocated funding specifically to support MK residents without off road parking, and therefore have no access to a Homecharge installation.
Under the funding terms, no resident in Milton Keynes should be left without a charging option, and aims to have a charge point installed within a 5-minute walk from their property.
If you are interested or would like more information about the MK Promise, please contact Ryan Hooper at the EV Experience Centre or click the link below.
Public charging is an essential part of the electric vehicle industry, especially for those without access to a homecharge unit due to installation restrictions. Destination chargers are available to the public, and should ideally have 24/7 access.
If you are interested in getting a destination charger installed or want more information, please fill out a contact form.
The Green Permit is a Milton Keynes Council and Go Ultra Low joint initiative, and part of the initial bidding promise to open up all 20,000 parking spaces to all electric and plug-in vehicle drivers. The permit is open to everyone with an electric vehicle and is not dependent on being a Milton Keynes resident. You simply need to apply online and providing you are eligible*, drivers can then park for free in any purple marked bays in Milton Keynes.
*Eligibility dependent on the vehicle producing less than 75g/km of CO2, and providing the vehicle can travel more than 15 miles on pure electric. For full criteria and a models list, please visit the link below.