A scheme to trial electric cars in Glasgow has been awarded £1.8 million in Government funding.Workers from a number of public-sector organisations in Scotland's biggest city will be among the first to test the fleet of green vehicles over the next two years.
The Technology Strategy Board – part of the UK Government's Department for Business – awarded the grant to a consortium led by Glasgow-based Allied Mobility.The car manufacturer will work alongside Glasgow City Council, ScottishPower, Strathclyde University and Scottish Enterprise to produce 30 Peugeot 207s and 10 Peugeot Eurobus models.
Dundee firm Axeon has been tasked with developing the batteries for the scheme. The firm is one of Europe’s largest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems and specialises in providing power sources for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
The Technology Strategy Board says its role is to stimulate technology-enabled innovation in areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. This is done by promoting, supporting and investing in technology research, development and commercialisation.
The £1.8 million is coming from the board's low-carbon vehicle programme.
Paul Nelson, managing director of Allied Mobility, said: "It is great to have been awarded this funding for a project that will make Glasgow a centre for green transport.