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LowCVP News, 28 February 2018, (Issue 162)
SMMT confirms first annual rise in new car CO2 emissions for nearly 20 years

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has confirmed figures first released last month which showed that average new car CO2 emissions increased by 0.8% in 2017 to 121.0g/km. The increase in the fleet average new car CO2 figure follows 19 years of reductions and average emissions are still a third (-33.1%) lower than in 2000.

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Policy Developments

Government announces £40m funding for low emission buses

The Government has announced that 20 local authorities will share £40m funding as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund. The support is based on the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme which was launched, with Government support by the LowCVP and EST in August 2017.

V2G technologies get £30m boost from UK government

The UK Government has invested £30 million in the development of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies that will enable electric vehicles to provide power to people’s homes. The scheme will determine how stored energy from electric vehicle batteries can be ‘borrowed’ by the electricity system before being recharged during off-peak periods.

Government loses third Air Quality Plan defence at High Court

The Government has lost a third legal case brought by the NGO Client Earth over its plans to tackle air pollution. 

Reports & Studies

National Grid plans propose network of 50 ultra-rapid chargers to speed EV uptake

The National Grid has drawn up plans to help tackle the challenges of long distance electric vehicle travel in the UK. The plans outline the potential for the installation of 50 ultra-rapid charging stations across the country with the potential to recharge at 350kW (enabling a charge in 5 to 12 minutes). If strategically placed, 90% of EV drivers would be within 50 miles of an ultra-rapid charger.

New report advocates maximising use of EV charging flexibility

The deployment of smart grid technologies, combined with the inherent flexibility in when electric vehicles can be charged, creates the opportunity to significantly increase the utilisation rates of existing network capacity according to a new report from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).

LowCVP News

Low Emission Bus Workshop: Glasgow - 08/03/2018

The fourth in the series of Low Emission Bus Workshops, this time being held in Glasgow, Scotland. The LowCVP is set to host their fourth regional Low Emission Bus Workshop in Glasgow on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC). The free morning workshop will provide local authorities and bus operators with information on new technologies and fuels, sharing operator's experiences of low carbon and low emission solutions for bus fleets around the UK, including retrofit SCR projects.

Bookings open for LowCVP's 'Moving North' Conference, 12 April, Manchester

LowCVP's 'Moving North' Conference on April 12 will focus on the challenge of cutting carbon emissions and air pollution and seizing the business opportunities for automotive and fuel supply companies in the Northern Powerhouse that are being stimulated by the low emissions shift. Held in collaboration with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Northern Automotive Alliance, the event will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University. It will open with a keynote address from  the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. Bookings are now open for the event and there are exhibition and sponsorship opportunities associated with it. 

LowCVP 15th Anniversary Parliamentary Reception, 20 March - save the date!

The LowCVP will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in the impressive surroundings of the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20 March 2018 from 4-6pm. Hosted by Lillian Greenwood MP, Chair of Transport Select Committee, this high profile reception will review and celebrate the significant progress made towards low emissions road transport over the last 15 years and focus on some of the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Hydrogen – time to put our foot on the gas? - 05/03/2018

Join the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK for the next debate in the Future of Technology Series 2018, "Hydrogen – time to put our foot on the gas?" at the National Museum Cardiff on 5th March. This event is free to delegates.

Lombard Vehicle Solutions - Clean Air Zones - 12/03/2018

This one-day event for businesses with vehicle fleet operations will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Government’s plans for removing combustion engines from the roads by 2040, and about the introduction of Clean Air Zones across the UK.

Tailpipe dreams - what is a sustainable vehicle? - 29/03/2018

The Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK will host the event as experts come together to debate the challenges that need to be addressed to allow a future where vehicles can be entirely sustainable, from cradle-to-grave.

KTN and Innovate UK Innovation Day with Magna - Expressions of interest invited - 21/03/2018

Electrification, autonomy, connectivity, and artificial intelligence are all shaping the future of the automotive industry. Innovate UK, KTN and Magna International are at the forefront of this new mobility ecosystem. This event will invite start-ups and researchers to a dedicated Innovation Day where they can engage with Magna International, a leading global automotive suppliers with product diversity covering most areas of a vehicle.

Michelin: Movin' On Event - Montreal - 30/05/2018

Movin’On, presented by Michelin and organized by Montreal-based C2, is taking the next step. From May 30 - June 1, in Montréal, over 5,000 leaders of the global mobility ecosystem from the public and private sectors will share their ideas, expertise and experience and forge ahead on the mobility of tomorrow.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Members Council, 20th March 2018 (One Birdcage Walk). On the agenda: Council Elections, Information and updates; LowCVP work programme 2018-19.
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Joint Bus & Innovation Working Group 17th April (venue tbc). On the agenda: New innovations in public transport; bus guide update; work plans for 2018/19.
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Board Meeting 19th April 2018 (Ricardo, Paddington). On the agenda: Business plan review; LowCVP work programme 2018-19. 
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Passenger Car Working Group 26th April 2018 (venue tbc). On the agenda:  Low Emission Taxi Guide; car buyer research; WLTP transition; improving consumer information. 
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Commercial Vehicle Working Group 1st May. 2018 On the agenda: 2018/19 work programme. 
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Parliamentary Reception, 20th March 2018 (Palace of Westminster).  Celebrating the 15th Aniversary of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.

LowCVP Northern Powerhouse Conference, 12th April  2018 (Manchester Metropolitan University). Reducing transport emissions in the Northern Powerhouse: the business opportunities from the low carbon shift.

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» Transport becomes most polluting sector as greenhouse gas emissions drop 5% (BT.com)

» New ICCT briefing shows EVs have major climate benefits over gasoline or diesel competitors (ICCT)

» BP says oil demand to peak by late 2030s (Financial Times)

» Lack of models, not charging points, 'holding back electric car market' (The Guardian)

» Fiat-Chrysler announces plans to go diesel free by 2022 (Financial Times)

» German court rules cities can ban diesel cars (Daily Telegraph)

» UK’s low carbon sector is at risk from post-Brexit trade strategy says Green Alliance (Green Alliance report download)

» Chris Stark to be new Chief Executive of Committee on Climate Change (CCC news)

» Energy storage leap could slash electric car charging times (The Guardian)

» BMW on verge of multiyear lithium and cobalt deal (Financial Times)

» Fiat-Chrysler announces plans to go diesel free by 2022 (Financial Times)

» New study from UC Davis finds consumers are ‘behind the curve on EVs’ (Charged.EVs)

» US trucks CO2 standards returned hauliers’ investment three times over - T&E analysis (T&E)

» Jaguar Land Rover’s Tony Harper appointed as Director, Faraday Battery Challenge (Gov.uk)

» Renault Trucks to launch range of electric vehicles in 2019 (Europa Wire)

» BP invests in mobile charging company FreeWire (Charged.EVs)

» New Parliamentary group to raise awareness amongst MPs of EV and autonomous vehicles benefits (REA)

» BP to follow Shell in delivering rapid charging at retail sites (Reuters)

» Renault to open first dedicated EV concept store in Europe (Newspress)

» BMW has acquired all DriveNow stakes of Sixt (Electrive)

» Valeo doubles forecast for electric car sales (Financial Times)

» Cummins acquires Johnson Matthey’s automotive battery business (Charged.EVs)

» Funding approved for Europe's largest battery plant (Reuters)

» Stephen Joseph to leave as head of Campaign for Better Transport after 30 years

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