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LowCVP News, 31 May 2017 (Issue 153)
LowCVP Annual Conference, 27 June, City Hall - More speakers announced - Book now!

The LowCVP's Annual Conference, supported by the Mayor of London will take place at London's iconic City Hall on Tuesday 27 June. More speakers for the event have been announced and delegate bookings are increasing fast.

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Policy Developments

Government publishes air quality plan for consultation

The Government has published its revised plan to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide in areas of poor air quality throughout the UK. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport have published a consultation document, draft AQ plan and  associated technical document which set out proposed actions "to meet air quality standards within the shortest possible time".

Certification of CO2 emissions from trucks comes into force with endorsement of VECTO tool

The VECTO tool, endorsed by EU member states and the European Commission this month, means that commercial vehicle makers will be required to certify the CO2 emissions of all the new trucks they sell in Europe. The tool is designed to make figures for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from new heavy-goods vehicles available for truck buyers.

Industry News

Sunderland plant to produce new and recycled batteries for home energy storage

Nissan has announced a collaboration with US power firm Eaton to begin production of energy storage systems for households. The venture pits Nissan and Eaton in competion with Tesla, which sells its 'Powerwall' produced at its large 'Gigafactory' in Nevada.

Nissan signs ground-breaking innovation partnership with Northern Powergrid

Nissan and electricity distribution company Northern Powergrid have announced that they have signed an agreement that will see them co-operate over the next six years on a series of innovation projects to explore how EVs, batteries, and smart technologies can support energy networks. Meanwhile, Shell has announced it is testing technology to intelligently manage how electric vehicles draw charge from the grid.

Citymapper launches trials of demand-responsive bus

Citymapper, innovators of the journey planner app, has announced that it is launching a demand-responsive bus service in London, with the support of Transport for London.

LowCVP News

Call for nominations to 2017 LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards now open!

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has opened the call for nominations to the 2017 Low Carbon Champions Awards. The awards are for organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport and the winners will be recognised at a gala celebration event to be held in the autumn. The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 June.

International Developments

China takes world leadership on EV sales, battery production

New rules to be set in China, the world's largest car market, would require as much as 8% of manufacturers' sales to be electric vehicles as soon as 2018. Car makers who fail to meet the target may be forced to buy expensive 'credits' from competitors who exceed their sales requirement.

Reports & Studies

European consumer organisation recommends reform of car labelling rules

New research from the European consumer association BEUC shows that driving more fuel and energy efficient cars should cut the cost of motoring between 2020 and 2030. It says that electric vehicles will substantially drop in price and be highly competitive, if not cheaper, to run than conventional cars by the mid-2020s and that consumers driving a new fuel efficient petrol or diesel car in 2025 could save almost €10,000 over the car’s lifetime (compared to a 2015 vehicle).

Electric cars close to achieving cost parity with conventional vehicles - report

A study by analysts from the investment bank UBS finds that electric cars will be cheaper to produce than conventional cars by 2023 in China and by 2025 in the  United States. They found that the total cost of ownership of an electric car could be cheaper as soon as next year.

Other News

National Clean Air Day - June 15 - calls for support

The UK's first National Clean Air Day will take place on 15 June and the organisers are urging individuals, groups, organisations and other stakeholders to get involved in a wide range of activities to help raise awareness of the facts about improving air quality.

Interest high for LCV2017 but some exhibition space left

Over 80% of stands for Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicle Event - LCV2017 - have been sold and interest has been high for this year's event which takes place on 6-7 September 2017 at Millbrook Proving Ground.


Developments in Transmission and Driveline Technology - 13/06/2017

This unique technical seminar will provide you with the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest technical developments in driveline and transmission technology in passenger cars as well as across the industry, on and off-highway.
This event will showcase the latest driveline and transmission innovations. Delve into the latest developments in hybrid technology and the electrification of drivelines. The seminar programme will provide an all-round perspective of the innovations and trends facing the industry including fuel economy, emissions reduction and improving driveability.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

LowCVP Members Council, 8th June 2017, (University of Liverpool London Campus).
On the agenda: Work programme planning; Govt update; Communications 2017; membership fees.

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LowCVP Board Meeting, 6th July 2017 (1 Birdcage Walk).
On the agenda: Audited accounts; finances; government update post-election.

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Commercial Vehicle Working Group, 12th July 2017 (ETI, Loughborough).
On the agenda: Review of international best practices relevant to roll-out of the retrofit technology accreditation scheme; DfT Ministerial Low Emission HGV Task Force meeting; CV focus at LCV17; Completion of work with CENEX to develop a fleet advice tool for LoCITY.

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Bus Working Group, 21st September 2017 (Venue tbc).
On the agenda: DfT policy update, TfL update, LCEB monitoring,. Work programme update, LEB workshops.
Guest speaker: tbc.

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Passenger Car Working Group, 28th September 2017 (Venue tbc).
On the agenda: OLEV and DfT update, Transition to WLTP, Improvement of consumer Information, Low carbon car fiscal study. 

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Fuels Working Group, 5th October 2017, (Venue tbc).
On the agenda: DfT update, RED 2, Advanced Biofuels, E10, EV Network Group update;
Guest speaker: tbc.

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Innovation Working Group, (Date & venue tbc).
On the agenda: Work programme 2017-18; workshop & consortium building; L - category report.  

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


» Dynamo to roll out all-electric cab across the UK (GreenFleet link)

» India says that all cars sold in the country will be electric by 2030 (Independent)

» Calor announces official launch of BioLPG - LP Gas (LP Gas Today)

» PRASEG Annual Conference 2017: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation: the UK’s Energy Future (Praseg website)

» Vivergo boss says time running out for bioethanol E10 fuel decision (Hull Daily Mail)

» Chargepoint and InstaVolt plan 3000 new charging points across UK (Charged EVs)

» Green-Zones app helps freight operators navigate European environmental zones (Freight in the City)

» Qualcomm demonstrates 20 kW wireless dynamic charging at highway speeds (Charged EVs)

» Nature study - Diesel vehicles produce 50 per cent more nitrogen oxide than originally thought (York University)

» Volkswagen to invest €10 billion in advanced powertrains (Charged EVs)

» India's Mahindra to build long-range electric vehicles (Reuters)

» Waitrose to introduce 50 biomethane trucks by end 2017 (Edie)

» UPS reveals world-first fuel cell delivery van (Transport News Brief)

» Referendum in Switzerland results in vote for large renewable subsidies (Climate Action Programme)

» Tesla adds solar roof tiles to produce line-up (Daily Telegraph)

» Electric car batteries to get a second life – as home batteries (Guardian)

» New Ford CEO expected to put more emphasis on electric and autonomous vehicles (ChargedEVs)

» Five London fleets to test new Ford plug-in hybrid van (Charged EVs)

» London EV drivers rewarded with car parking discount (Edie)

» West Midlands new Mayor considers diesel ‘toxin tax’ (Birmingham Mail)

» General Motors says it will become the first car maker to generate profit from electric cars (Daily Telegraph)

» Fleet of 8 Volvo electric buses to use ABB’s OppCharge infrastructure (Charged EVs)

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