The government is offering up to £50m to create England's 'first all-electric bus town' as part of a new funding competition which aims to catalyse the development of greener and more reliable local transport networks.
Local authorities can apply now for the new funding, with the winning council set to receive support to rollout a brand new fleet of electric buses in their local area, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost air quality, according to the Department for Transport.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the aim of the £50million competition was to set the "gold standard" in environmentally-friendly public transport, and would help to realise the government's ambition for all buses in England to run on electricity by 2025.
"Buses carry more people than any other form of public transport in the UK, and with 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions," he said. "By focusing on efficient and affordable transport, we will make greener journeys the natural choice."