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LowCVP News, 31 August 2018, (Issue 168)
Summer of heat, floods and storms may be caused by Arctic warming

In common with several other parts of the earth, the UK has experienced an increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as this year's hot, dry summer. Droughts, wildfires and floods have also been occurring with greater frequency in other parts of the world. According to an analysis published in Nature Communications, rising temperatures in the Arctic - linked to climate change - have slowed the circulation of the jet stream and other giant planetary winds, which has led to pressure fronts getting 'stuck' and to greater weather extremes.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP and Government Pavilion at LCV Event 2018

The LowCVP will again have a prominent role in Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicle Event (LCV 2018) which will take place at Millbrook Proving Ground on 12-13 September. The Partnership, a supporting partner of the LCV Event, is involved in the central Government Pavilion which will showcase the different ways government and its agencies are working to accelerate the low emissions transition and to deliver benefits to 'UK Plc'. The LowCVP is also working with Innovate UK to present a new and enhanced incarnation of the Truck Stop, which will show off the latest innovations in low emission truck technology.

Reports & Studies

LowCVP completes study to inform presentation of environmental information to car buyers The LowCVP has recently completed a research study to provide insights into how car buyers access and perceive environmental and fuel consumption information relating to vehicles and fuels and how this can affect purchase decisions. The study will help inform the presentation of future ‘environmental’ labels and other manifestations of information for car buyers.  Read more

Study finds electric buses operating are cleaner on well-to-wheel GHG basis all over US

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that electric buses operating in all areas of the United States (i.e. under widely varying electricity grid mix) produce lower emissions of greenhouse gases than the diesel or natural gas buses that they replace.

Which? survey finds 80% of diesel cars exceed emissions limit in latest tests

Tests of 61 modern diesel cars by Which? since the start of 2017 found 47 of them (77%) exceeded the Euro 6 emissions limit of 0.08g/km of NOx  (oxides of nitrogen), despite having passed official standards. On average, the diesel cars tested under the 'real world' tests carried out by Which? produced 0.27g/km of NOx – nearly three and a half times the existing official Euro 6 limit.

TRL report evaluates what's needed to achieve mass market EV uptake

TRL has published interim research investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in transitioning to a secure and sustainable low carbon vehicle fleet. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is investing £5m in the two-and-a-half year Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project which is being delivered by TRL. 

Policy Developments

APC announces £20m funding for low emission propulsion development projects

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced its 11th funding competition through which £20 million is available to support the development of low carbon propulsion technology.

Government consultating on air quality impacts of brakes, tyres and road wear until Sept 28

The Government's consultation to advise on the impacts on air quality and emissions of brakes, tyres and road wear will run until 28 September. Responses to the consultation are now being invited. Other consultations on E10 petrol and fuel pump labelling (closes Sept 16) and Future of Mobility (Sept 10).

Other News

New WLTP test is good news for motorists

(LowCVP comment) A lot has changed since the ‘New European Drive Cycle’ (NEDC) official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions standardised laboratory test was introduced in 1992. Back then, the Ford Escort was the UK’s best-selling car and it would be eight years before the first mass-produced hybrid, the Toyota Prius, launched in Europe (and another 18 until the electric Nissan Leaf appeared). So it is perhaps not surprising that the 25-year-old NEDC test is now considered somewhat out of date. 

LowCVP Annual Conference feedback and resource materials 96% of respondents to a survey about the LowCVP's 2018 Annual Conference rated the presentations at the event as either 'Very Good' or 'Good'. 84% of respondents to the survey about the event, which took place on July 12 in Westminster also rated the event as 'Very Good' or 'Good' in terms of value for money. All the Conference materials and resources are now available on a dedicated web page on the LowCVP site. Read more

LowCVP and Innovate UK to present Low Emission Truckstop at LCV 2018

LowCVP and Innovate UK will be showcasing some of the best in low emission truck and van technology at the upcoming LCV 2018 Event to be held at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 12-13 September. Projects supported through the Low Emission Freight Trial (LEFT) will be on display on the Steering Pad (SP18) and will join a convoy to leave the show on the second day.


Sustainability hub 2018 party conference events The sustainability hub - of which the LowCVP is a member - will be holding its annual series of political party conference receptions, roundtables and networking events and policy forums in the next two months. This year's sustainability Hub 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

Lo-CITY Annual Conference - 05/09/2018

The LoCITY Annual Conference will include presentations from leading figures in the low emission vehicle sector including the LowCVP's Andy Eastlake. Delivered by Commercial GreenFleet, the event is designed for operators of freight and commercial vehicles in and out of London.

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.)


» Dyson gears up for electric car testing (BBC)

» VW to launch electric car sharing service in Berlin (Energy World)

» California sets goal of 100% clean energy by 2045 (San Francisco Chronicle)

» HMRC issues mileage rates for EVs, but not PHEVs (EV Fleet World)

» Renewables used in transport reach 4.6% according to 2017 govt statistics (Biomass Magazine)

» China launches pilot EV battery recycling schemes (Reuters)

» E.ON launches renewable energy tariff offering '850 free miles' to EV drivers (Edie)

» Centrica revs up business EV charging service with Driivz deal (Business Green)

» Car firms' advertising spend for EVs fell in 2017 (Business Green)

» Trump rollback of fuel efficiency standards would cost consumers billions (ACEEE)

» 4,000 AA hotels and B&Bs offered EV charging points by Chargemaster (Chargemaster)

» Cardiff University researchers pilot new system using ammonia as an energy storage solution (Cardiff Univ)

» Honda and Panasonic experiment with battery swapping for electric motorcycles (ChargedEVs)

» 200 kW wireless charging system for buses installed in Tennessee (ChargedEVs)

» Darren Shirley appointed as new Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT)

» David Rix appointed new Managing Director of Roadgas (OpenPR)

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