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Policy Developments

Leaders of four major cities announce plans to ban diesel vehicles

The leaders of four major global cities - Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens - have announced that they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. Meanwhile health professionals in London have been urging the Mayor of London to ban diesel vehicles from the capital due to fears over air pollution.

£8 million Challenge Fund available for low carbon and active travel projects in Scotland

Transport Scotland has announced an £8m fund through which public, community and third sector organisations can apply for European Regional Development funding to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. Organisations will be able to bid for up to 40/50% of the total project cost with the remainder of project costs provided through match funding.

Reports & Studies

Diesel under threat from falling EV production costs - report

A report by UBS, reported by the Financial Times, forecasts that diesel faces a "perfect storm" of competition from cheaper electric cars and a tougher regulatory approach to emissions following the VW scandal. Meanwhile, VW says it believes that the cost of producing and electric car will move lower than the cost of producing a diesel model around 2025.

'Mobility as a Service' is taking hold

A report from the Transport Systems Catapult which suggests that we are at the beginning of a “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) revolution is being supported by several recent developments including the adoption of a new integrated mobility service in Helsinki and ambitious plans announced by VW to become one of the world's largest mobility providers.

New report urges fleets to prepare for move to EVs

A new report suggests that the fleet sector must start planning for the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Sewells Research & Insight says that, up to now, fleets have been slow to adopt increasingly widely available clean electric technology.

Industry News

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi to share electric car platform

Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi are reported to be planning to share electric vehicle architecture in a move aimed at reducing the development costs of future EV models. Reports suggest that Nissan should be able to deliver a future LEAF electric car priced at approximately 2 million yen (£14,000), at least 20% lower than today’s starting price.

Zap-Map deal with Chargemaster to give plug-in users real time information on charge point availabilty

Zap-Map - the on-line tool which enables UK drivers to locate and update EV charging points in UK and Ireland - has launched dynamic network data across its main pc and mobile phone platforms which will enable live network data to users from Chargemaster's Polar network. The LowCVP member organisation which runs Zap-Map says that other leading charge point networks are planned to follow in supplying live information to Zap-Map in early 2017.

More low emission buses for Nottingham, Leeds

The low emission bus market gathered further pace with the news that a further 13 new electric buses entered service in Nottingham and a £71m pledge from First promised the arrival of 284 low emission buses in Leeds by 2020.

New supply of renewable biomethane for HGVs comes on-stream

CNG Fuels has announced the launch of its new supply of renewable biomethane fuel as a lower cost, lower carbon alternative to diesel for heavy goods vehicles. 

E.ON announces new strategic focus on electro-mobility

The energy supplier E.ON Group has announced a new strategic focus on e-mobility and has established a new unit which aims to make the company a leading player in developing and expanding Europe's charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

LowCVP News

LowCVP plans to help make 2017 the year of the low carbon truck

Following a succesful commercial vehicle stakeholder workshop in early December, the LowCVP is planning to add to the momentum behind the move to a low carbon truck market with the re-establishment of a CV working group.

LowCVP offers 6 month internship

Following successful internships over the last 3 years, the LowCVP is offering a new voluntary internship, working directly with the LowCVP Secretariat team for a six months period. The internship provides an unrivalled opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of the low carbon transport sector, particularly in the areas of low carbon road transport policy and low carbon vehicle technologies and fuels.

Last chance to respond to LowCVP's newsletter reader survey!

A big thankyou to all those of you who have responded to LowCVP's newsletter readers' survey. We've had a great response - nearly 10% of all readers - but would welcome some more. The survey will remain open until the first week of January and there's a prize draw for the chance to win a bottle of fine wine for all those who respond.


UK Bus Summit 2017 - 09/02/2017

The third annual UK Bus Summit will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, supported by the Department for Transport. 

New Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Partnership.


Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company

Clayton Herschel

Energy Technologies Institute

Impact Utilities

Paneltex Ltd

Tranect Ltd

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

LowCVP Board meeting, 19 Jan 2017 (CPT, London). On the agenda: 2017-18 work programme plans; finances; strategy update; Grant offer submission to govt. 

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Bus Working Group,  12 January 2017 (One Birdcage Walk, London). On the agenda:DfT policy update, TfL update, LCEB monitoring, Work programme update: LEB guide, Greener Journey Project, ELIPTIC UK eBus Summit, LEB workshops, Guest speakers from Clayton Herschel and Dragon EV Solutions.

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Passenger Car Working Group, 26 January 2017 (Univ of Liverpool - London campus). On the agenda: OLEV and DfT update, WLTP/Consumer Information Study Update, L-Cat Study, Guest speakers: Ben Lane (Next Green Car) and David Beeton (Urban Foresight). 

Fuels Working Group, 9 February 2017, (Venue tbc). On the agenda: DfT update, the 'RTFO', 'Motor Fuel GHG Emissions Reporting Regs' and 'A Smart, Flexible Energy System' consultations; E10 report; BioFrontiers latest reports; EV Network update; Work programme 2017/18.. 
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Innovation Working Group, 23 February 2017, (venue tbc). On the agenda: Work programme palnning 2017-18; workshop & consortium building; L category report finalisation.  
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LowCVP Members Council, 2 March 2017, (Venue tbc). On the agenda: Work programme planning; Govt update; Communications 2017; membership fees. 

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Current activities and projects taking place in each of the LowCVP's Working Groups: more information.


» EU nations back stricter emissions rules for new gasoline engines (Reuters)

» PSA launches electric car sharing scheme in Madrid (Business Green)

» Elon Musk to join President-elect Trump’s advisory team (Charged.Evs)

» APC to run series of workshops to update Automotive Council road maps (Eventbrite)

» Data shows auto industry failing to advertise electric cars (Huffington Post)

» Volkswagen says it will offer a 373-mile EV in 2020 at the price of a diesel Golf (Charged.EVs)

» China aims for 40% PEV market share by 2030 (Electrive)

» Transport for Greater Manchester publishes plans to tackle air quality and climate change (TfGM)

» Amazon makes first drone delivery (BBC)

» Fossil fuel divestment funds double in size (Climate Action Programme)

» Top 10 alternative fuel vehicle registrations by country in 2016 (ACEA)

» First ‘grid scale’ Tesla battery storage solution in Europe opened in Somerset (Gov.uk)

» Energy Storage Network Symposium, London 25 January 2017 (Eventbrite)

» Contact lens technology could revolutionize EV recharging (Bristol Univ)

» New TfL Business Plan more than doubles spending on tackling air quality (London.gov)

» Labour considering radical plan to 'revolutionise low carbon agenda' (Independent)

» Siemens and Valeo form alliance to focus on high-voltage powertrains (Siemens)

» Britain's green groups unite to fight for environmental protection post-Brexit (Edie)

» Zero Emission Bus Conference and Fuel Cell Bus Workshop presentations now available (CTE.tv)

» London Mayor unveils world’s first hydrogen double-decker bus, plans no more diesels (London.gov)

» BVRLA calls for early introduction of new company car tax ratings (Fleet World)

» Netherlands aims for only EVs and fuel cell cars to be sold from 2035 (NL Times)

» Leonardo DiCaprio named brand ambassador in China for BYD new energy vehicles (Automotive World)

» New Smith EV zero emission trucks to arrive next Spring (Freight in the City)

» Bill Gates and other famous investors launch $1 billion energy tech fund using lessons learned (Greentech Media)

» Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty EVs (Charged.evs)

» Milton Keynes announces £2.3m EV charging infrastructure expansion (Edie)

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