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LowCVP News, 29 September 2017 (Issue 157)
LowCVP identifies robust ‘quick win’ technologies in battle against air pollution

Working with the government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) the LowCVP has identified and assessed some of the most effective vehicle retrofit technologies capable of making a near-term impact on air pollution in Britain. Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. The UK government recently announced its plans to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and intends to publish a wider Clean Air Strategy next year. 

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Policy Developments

Uber loses London licence days after announcing Clean Air Plan

Uber has been stripped of its licence to operate in London following a decision by Transport for London which said that the company has demonstrated 'a lack of corporate responsibility' in relation to issues around public safety and security. TfL's decision came only days after Uber had announced a Clean Air Plan which included a range of measures to cut polluting emissions from Uber's vehicle fleet in the capital.

Government publishes responses to RTFO and GHG Regulations consultations

The Government has published proposals that aim to increase the amount of renewable fuel in the transport energy mix and make several other changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. The proposals mean that the obligation level will increase to 9.75% in 2020 and 12.4% in 2032. There will be a ceiling for the use of crop-based fuels set at 4% in 2018 and reducing each year to reach 2% in 2032.

Transport minister launches £15m call to develop technology to reduce freight emissions

Transport minister Jesse Norman MP has launched a call for a share of £15 million for research into technologies that can help cut emissions from trucks, cars and vans. The technology can include light-weighting materials or improved engine and battery efficiency.  The competition has been developed with Innovate UK and supports the government’s aim to ensure all new vehicles are emissions free by 2040.

Reports & Studies

Coordinated introduction of E10 petrol can help meet transport carbon targets and support the UK economy

(LowCVP media release) In support of the UK government’s decision to increase the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, the LowCVP today published its report ‘Successfully Deploying E10 Petrol’. 

New reports focus on need for charging infrastructure to support EV uptake

A new report from the RAC Foundation says that although 80% of EV owners are now able to charge at home, a robust public charging network is critical for enticing people to 'go electric'. Meanwhile, a report from Energy UK says that the whole country can benefit from the move to EVs but an acceleration in the availability of infrastructure and support will allow the roll out to go further and faster. In a position paper, the Renewable Energy Association offers a similar message, saying that a rapid shift to electric vehicles is possible but that a clear Government strategy on charging roll-out is needed.

Fleet operator consultancy finds plug-in hybrid vehicles are not efficient for all types of operation

A new report from The Miles Consultancy, which provides advice to fleet operators, found that real-world driving data for a small sample of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) was, on average, about 45mpg; lower than some conventionally-fuelled alternatives. The study showed that PHEVs are not well-suited to certain types of operation - particularly where a lot of motorway or long-distance driving is involved.

Industry News

Spate of motor industry announcements raises expectations for EV growth

A rush of recent announcements from motor manufacturers has raised expectations about the potential for electric vehicle uptake but has also prompted concerns about the availability of charging infrastructure and the ability of the power grid to meet increased demand. 

Shell promises ‘no petrol’ fuel stations

Shell is preparing to open the UK's first 'no-petrol' service station in London during 2018. The site will offer electric vehicle charge points, hydrogen cell refuelling and biofuels, instead of the traditional diesel and petrol pumps. Meanwhile, the buildings are said to be powered by ­renewable energy from solar panels on the forecourt roof.

LowCVP News

Nicki Shields to host LowCVP Champions Awards celebration dinner, 11 October

TV personality Nicki Shields, scientist, presenter & broadcaster – including pit-lane reporter for FIA Formula E – will be presenting the prestigious LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards at the NEC (Concourse Suites 1&2) on the evening of Wednesday 11 October. Don't miss out! Tickets for the event, which will take place alongside Energy 2017 are available now.

LowCVP launches WLTP information portal

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has launched an information portal to give clarity and consistency about the introduction and progressive adoption of the new WLTP fuel economy test.

Final shortlists for 2017 LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards announced!

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced the shortlists for the final three categories of the 2017 edition of the prestigious Low Carbon Champions Awards. The Champions Awards celebrate innovation and best practice in the UK’s accelerating drive to cut carbon and polluting emissions from the road transport sector. Table bookings for the celebration gala dinner – which will take place alongside Energy 2017 at the NEC on 11th October – are now being taken.

Other News

Cenex LCV 2017 sees new record attendance as LowCVP showcases 'Low Emission Truck Stop'

Cenex-LCV2017 saw an increase of 23% in visitor and exhibitor attendance at the latest LCV event hosted at Millbrook Proving Ground. The event saw a range of new announcements, product launches and new initiatives. The LowCVP hosted a 'Low Emission Truck Stop' at the event.


LowCVP seminars at Energy 2017: The Electric Vehicle Revolution: Managing Impacts on the Powergrid - 11/10/2017

The LowCVP is to run a series of seminars at the Energy 2017 exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday October 11. The series entitled The Electric Vehicle Revolution: Managing Impacts on the Powergrid will take place during the afternoon immediately preceding the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards gala dinner at the same venue. Speakers are already confirmed from National Grid, EA Technology, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, UK Power Networks and Drive Electric. The seminars precede the LowCVP's Low Carbon Champions Awards at the same venue.

The LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards Gala Dinner 2017 - 11/10/2017

The Low Carbon Champions Awards are designed to identify and promote examples of outstanding and innovative practice in accelerating the shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and reducing road transport emissions.

LowCVP are pleased to announce that the 2017 Low Carbon Champions Awards will be hosted by Energy 2017, which is held as part of UK Construction Week. This year's presentation gala dinner will take place at the Concourse Suites 1 & 2, NEC, Birmingham on the evening of Wednesday 11 October.

LoCITY Annual Conference - 07/11/2017

The event will showcase the latest ultra low emission vehicles and technologies available for city fleets. The free-to-attend event will be held at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 7 November, with the latest clean, safe and quiet urban commercial vehicles and technologies on show in a full-day’s programme with top industry speakers.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

LowCVP Members Council, 19th October  2017, (EV Experience Centre, centre:mk, Milton Keynes).
On the agenda: Work programme planning; Govt update; Communications 2017; membership fees.

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LowCVP Board Meeting, 2nd November 2017 ( SMMT, 71 Great Peter St, London SW1).
On the agenda:  Finances; government update, work programme update.

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Bus Working Group, 11th January 2018 (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, 9th October 2017 (SMMT, 71 Great Peter, London SW1).
On the agenda: OLEV and DfT update, work programme update, air quality related projects, Guest speakers: TfL Mayor's Transport Strategy & WWF UK - decarbonising transport activities.

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Fuels Working Group, 5th October 2017, (One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ).
On the agenda: DfT update, RED 2, Advanced Biofuels, E10, EV Network Group update;
Guest speaker: tbc.

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

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Commercial Vehicle Working Group, 17 October 2017, (One Birdcage Walk, London SW1)
On the agenda: VECTO; its limitations, opportunities and application; points for DfT Ministerial Low Emission HGV TF, LoCITY; lessons/opportunities outside London; Update FWG & linkages to CVWG.


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


» Dyson announces plans to produce an EV with solid-state battery by 2020 (Daily Telegraph)

» UK's former chief scientist backs legal challenge over climate change targets (BBC)

» UK decarbonising fastest among G20 countries, claims PwC

» BEIS Committee launches “Electric Vehicles: Developing the Market and Infrastructure” inquiry (Parliament.uk)

» DriveElectric launches vehicle to grid service for homes and workplaces (Drive Electric)

» Up to 12,000 jobs will be created over next 10yrs by our low carbon vehicle projects

» Tesla battery to provide grid services using 3.8MW rooftop solar array (Clean Energy News)

» NRDC publishes roadmap to low carbon transport (NRDC)

» Madrid car-sharing service launches with 500 Renault ZOEs (ChargedEVs)

» Tesla to unveil electric lorry in October (BBC)

» Volvo receives largest-ever order of electric buses for Trondheim, Norway (Business Insider)

» Dirty engine buses face Glasgow city centre ban (The Scotsman)

» Electrek to fit fast chargers to 413 petrol station forecourts (Electrek)

» Low carbon vehicle projects share £3.9m through Niche Vehicle Network (Wired.gov)

» Johnson Matthey to charge into electric car battery market (City AM)

» Electric bus travels 1102 miles on single charge (The Verge)

» T-Charge to start on Oct 23 in London (TfL)

» France plans new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles (Reuters)

» EVs prominent at Frankfurt Motor Show (The Guardian)

» Lancaster University - Developing roads that can generate power from passing traffic (Lancaster Univ)

» SNP plan to turn lamp posts into charging points for electric cars across Scotland (Scottish Sun)

» China plans massive biofuel push to cut petrol use (Reuters)

» Samsung unveils new electric car batteries for up to 600 km (430 miles) of range (Electrek)

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