Coventry and Oxford have been selected from 19 towns and cities who applied to be the UK’s first all-electric bus cities – having shown how the scheme could help solve poor air quality.
The project aims to improve air quality, lower greenhouse gas, and reduce the costs of running buses. Up to £50 million will be invested by the Department for Transport to put an all-electric bus fleet on the streets of Coventry by 2025.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), led the bid with support from Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council. As well as funding for new vehicles, the grant will also cover investment in wider infrastructure such as charging points and upgrades to the electric grid.
The £50m will be supported by a further £75m of investment from local bus operators into the new electric buses.