UK To Add California-Like Lane For EVs Only…Mostly

OCT 22 2016 BY MARK KANE 4

Nissan LEAF In Bus Lane In Norway

Nissan LEAF In Bus Lane In Norway

Next summer Nottingham will start construction of the first ever electric vehicle-only lane – Eco-Expressway  in the UK (well, actually they will accept e-buses too).

The special EV promotion is part of the government’s recent £40 million fund, which more typically has spent its resources so far on things like more charging stations.

 Nottingham Electric City

Nottingham Electric City

The six-mile long EV-only lane in a sense reminds us of California’s incentive for EVs inclusion on high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, but here we have something a little more special, because the road itself is specially built for plug-in driving purposes.

“Part of the Nottingham Eco-Expressway, which will begin construction in summer of 2017, has been designated as the UK’s first electric vehicle-only lane…

Electric vehicles will have privileges which will allow them to use the bus lane along the route. The route covers six miles and is being funded by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership.”

“Part of the Eco-Expressway will tie in to Nottingham’s Cycle City Ambition project, but it also integrates a new bus lane, which will be used by electric buses.”

source: Autocar

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These aren’t EV lanes, they’re public-transport lanes (primarily for buses & taxis, motorcycles usually also allowed), and have been in the UK, like many other countries, for ages.
They’ll let EVs using them as well, as announced at the beginning of rge year.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/25/electric-cars-to-use-bus-lanes-in-uk-cities

No, not the same in this case; yes EVs can use existing bus lanes in a lot of other places in the country as part of the expanded program, but this is specific stretch is “eco-expressway” only test case.

“Part of the Nottingham Eco-Expressway, which will begin construction in summer of 2017, has been designated as the UK’s first electric vehicle-only lane”

Electric buses only, and e-bikes, and e-cars…. cool

So no Volts (Amperas) on this lane??? For sure no Prii (Priuses).