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LowCVP News, 31st July 2018 (Issue 167)
LowCVP welcomes statement of intent towards zero emissions -“Partnership at the heart” of Govt’s ‘Road-to-Zero’ strategy

The Government has published the 'Road to Zero' strategy which provides a route map to virtually complete decarbonisation of the road transport sector by 2050. The strategy sets interim targets: By 2030, at least half of all new cars (and up to 40% of new vans) will be ultra-low emission; and by 2040 all new cars and vans must have ‘significant’ zero emission capability. The LowCVP will play a central role in the transition.

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Policy Developments

National Infrastructure Assessment points to low carbon, renewable and electrified future

The first ever National Infrastructure Assessment concludes that making the switch towards low carbon and renewable sources for both the country’s power and heating, combined with a move towards electric vehicles, would mean the customer of 2050 would pay the same in real terms for their energy as today.

Government launches consultation on air quality impacts of brakes, tyres and road wear

The Government has announced a consultation to advise on the impacts on air quality and emissions of brakes, tyres and road wear. The consultation will run until 28 September.

New, 'greener' petrol could be on forecourts up and down the country As part of a Government drive to reduce greenhouse gases, the Department for Transport has launched a consultation on whether, and how, it should introduce E10 fuel – which contains more bioethanol than traditional petrol – to the UK market. This would help reduce carbon emissions from petrol vehicles overall, helping the UK meet its climate change targets, and builds on the considerable work that the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and its members have done in promoting the use of renewable fuels. Read more

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill receives Royal Assent

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill has completed its Parliamentary process and become an Act. The Act gives central and local government powers to improve electric charge point availability, including ensuring that motorway services are upgraded with plenty of points and allowing mayors to request installations at large fuel retailers in their areas.

Reports & Studies

National Grid report says electric vehicles can play major role in low carbon future A flexible UK electricity system will be able to meet an increase in peak demand for electricity of 8GW as millions of electric vehicles hit the roads over the coming decades, National Grid has said in its latest Future Energy Scenarios. Meanwhile a range of energy companies and leading trade associations, have presented a letter to the energy minister asking government to ensure that network companies are incentivised to procure flexibility rather than carry out network upgrades. Read more

LowCVP News

LowCVP Conference focuses on enabling transition on the ‘Road to Zero’ The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s 15th Annual Conference, which took place on July 12 in Westminster, focused on consumers' role in relation to that of producers and policy makers in driving progress towards the objectives outlined in the recently announced ‘Road to Zero' strategy. All the Conference presentations, videos, images and other resources are now available from a dedicated page on the LowCVP's website.  Read more

Air Quality high on the agenda at LowCVP's Low Emission Bus Workshop in Cardiff

Air Quality was top of the agenda at the LowCVP's fifth Low Emission Bus Regional Workshop which took place in Cardiff on 19 July. Presentations focused on current and future emission reduction strategies for bus fleets from Transport for London, Reading Buses and Brighton and Hove Buses.

Industry News

Renault and MAN reveal plans to expand electric truck ranges

Renault Trucks and truck and bus maker MAN are expanding their line-ups of all-electric trucks and are planning to showcase them at September's IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover. 

Other News

Survey points to need for clear information to tackle dealer confusion around WLTP test introduction The National Franchise Dealers Association (NFDA) has called on manufacturers to ensure that they communicate timely and accurate information about the potential implications of the new WLTP test regime after a survey showed widespread confusion amongst dealers. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will come into full effect for all new car registrations from September 2018 and replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Read more


Sustainability hub announces 2018 party conference events The sustainability hub - of which the LowCVP is a member - has announced its annual series of political party conference receptions, roundtables and networking events and policy forums. This year's party conference events - which are all free to attend - will take place on 17 September (Brighton); 24 September (Liverpool) and 1 October (Birmingham). More details... Read more

Consumers at the Heart of the Energy System? - 18/09/2018

Join colleagues from the energy industry, financial sector, policy community and academia at the BIEE’s research  conference on September 18-19 for  two days of high level debate on the changing role of consumers in the energy system, regarded but many (but not all) as one of the big transitional issues of the coming decade.

International Conference on Vehicle Aerodynamics - 16/10/2018

Aerodynamics continues to make an increasing contribution to the performance and characteristics of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles and also in motorsport. Not confined to absolute performance and energy use, customer demand for reduced wind noise and soiling while increasing visibility and comfort requires aerodynamicists to be involved in more aspects of design, development and testing than before. (NB LowCVP members can register at IMechE member rates.)

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Upcoming Working Group Meetings:

Passenger Car Working Group: 20th September 2018
On the agenda: Information and updates; LowCVP work programme 2018/19
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Commercial Vehicle Working Group: 25th September 2018
On the agenda: 2018/19 work programme.
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Joint Fuel and Innovation Working Group: 4th October
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Bus Working Group: 11th October
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Members Council Meeting: 18th October
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» Study looks at selling consumers on low carbon vehicles (may be main story) (IIASA)

» MPs launch inquiry into health of the bus market (Parliament.uk)

» Management of £400 million electric vehicles charge fund opens to bidders (HM Treasury)

» European mayors call for EU-wide net-zero emissions goal (Euractiv)

» Toyota planning FCV mass market launch (Electrive)

» Transport for London - Changes proposed to Congestion Charge to reduce traffic and improve air quality (TfL)

» Pope Francis urges oil and gas executives to tackle climate change (Carbon Brief)

» Getting more out of our electricity networks; forward-looking charging arrangements – OFGEM report (OFGEM)

» “Inevitable” EV infrastructure consolidation could see charging market dominated by a ‘Big Four or Five’ (Current)

» China leads rest of the world on electric revolution (Bloomberg)

» UK to get Europe's biggest electric bus fleet (SMMT)

» Purpose-built electric bus centre to open in Buckinghamshire (SMMT)

» VW aims to produce solid-state batteries by 2025 (Charged.EVs)

» Researchers Make the Link Between PM2.5, Diabetes & Cars (Science News)

» London, New York and Paris to spearhead new electric vehicle accelerator (edie)

» UK's first large-scale CNG refuelling station opens (Forecourt Trader)

» Ocado places biggest ever fleet order for CNG trucks (SMMT)

» Mercedes-Benz reveals fuel cell concept based on Sprinter (SMMT)

» First ultra-low-emission street comes to London's Shoreditch (Evening Standard)

» Pivot Power gets the go ahead on first 50MW battery of nationwide EV charging network (Charged.EVs)

» Rolls-Royce unveils 250mph flying electric taxi (The Times)

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