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LowCVP News, 31 October 2018 (Issue 170)
BEIS Committee calls for sales of new diesel and petrol cars to end in 2032

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has published a report which describes the Government's 2040 targets for zero emission cars as 'vague and unambitious'. It calls for the Government to bring forward a 'clear, precise target for new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032' (similar to the targets set in Scotland). Meanwhile, the Committee on Climate Change has also called for accelerated ambition on EV introduction.

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Climate Change News

Climate report: achieving 1.5°C target requires "unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" Limiting global warming to 1.5°C now requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said in a major new report, just released. The Panel says that limiting warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C "could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society". Read more

Policy Developments

Plug-in Car Grants cut early after 'exceptional demand' surge

Having announced that funding to support electric and hybrid cars would be cut by November 9, the Government brought forward the change to October 21 following an 'exceptional demand' surge. Grants for 'Category 1' vehicles, which have a range of 70 miles or more, have been cut from £4,500 to £3,500 while plug-in hybrid (Categories 2 and 3) models will no longer be eligible for a grant.

Budget confirms fuel duty freeze, alternative fuels duty differential and more funding to build battery benefits The 2018 Budget has confirmed that the Government will maintain the difference between alternative and main road fuel duty rates until 2032 to support the decarbonisation of the UK transport sector, subject to review in 2024. The Chancellor also confirmed that fuel duty will be frozen for a ninth consecutive year and also that there will be £78m more support for the Stephenson Challenge, to encourage innovation in electric motor technology.  Read more

Energy Minister asks CCC whether UK should have 'net zero' CO2 target for UK economy

The energy minister Claire Perry has written a letter to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to seek advice on a possible new zero emissions target for the UK economy. The move comes following calls by business leaders, including Prince Charles Corporate Leaders Group and a high-level international group known as 'The B Team' for governments to aim for net zero emissions by 2050 in order to reduce the chances of dangerous climate change.

Industry News

Uber announces fares levy to help drivers switch to electric vehicles in London

Uber has announced that it will introduce a 'clean air fee' of of 15p per mile for every trip booked through the Uber app in London. The proceeds, says Uber, will go towards helping drivers upgrade to an electric vehicle as well as other clean air initiatives. It aims for every car using the Uber app in the capital to be fully electric by 2025. Meanwhile the company has also announced what it is calling a $10m fund for sustainable mobility. 

LowCVP members collaborate in 'green diesel' HVO coach trial

In the search for options to decarbonise the coach sector, two LowCVP members have come together to trial a 'green diesel' which they say could save up to 90% greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to-wheel basis, without impacting maintenance regimes or vehicle warranties. 

LowCVP and Transport for London unify bus test to support UK manufacturers From the 1st November 2018, there will be one unified test procedure used by both Transport for London (TfL) and the national Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) accreditation scheme, streamlining market access for manufacturers of clean, low carbon buses. The use of the same test will enable manufactures to test a vehicle once and for it to be eligible for use in both London market as well as qualifying for national grant schemes. Read more

EDF Energy announces plans to install 1,500 V2G chargers in UK

EDF Energy has announced plans to install 1,500 vehicle-to-grid chargers for its business customers in UK through a joint venture with San Diego-based Nuvve. Meanwhile, the first vehicle-to-grid trial project from the £30 million Government competition, thought to be “the largest, most diverse” project of its kind in the world, will be completed in May 2019 according to Innovate UK’s lead on the project. (Note: Resources related to this topic from the LowCVP-facilitated EV Energy Taskforce are now available - see below.)

John Lewis pledges to convert 500-strong truck fleet to biomethane by 2028

The John Lewis Partnership has pledged to revolutionise its 500-strong fleet of delivery trucks, turning its current diesel lorries into biomethane vehicles by 2028. The pledge was made as part of the Government-initiated Green GB Week, under which EDF Energy and Royal Mail were among those also making road transport-related commitments.

Reports & Studies

Chinese cities lead the world in EV uptake, Europe lags behind - ICCT report A new briefing from the International Council in Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that Chinese cities are leading the way in terms of the numbers of electric vehicles in operation. Nearly half of the world's 3.1m EVs (end-2017) were in 25 cities. European cities lag behind; London is in 17th place behind Paris (15th) and Oslo (5th). Read more

LowCVP News

Green taxi guide launched to support drive for cleaner city air LowCVP News: Improving the quality of the air we breathe in our towns and cities has never been more important, yet many local authorities are struggling to meet challenging targets for cutting pollution. To support today’s announcement from Defra which provides details on actions to tackle air quality from 33 local authorities, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and Energy Saving Trust (EST) are jointly publishing the ‘Low Emission Taxi Guide’.  Read more

LowCVP 'blog' for Green GB Week: Focus on collaboration as LowCVP passes 200 members

As Green GB week draws to a close, today’s headlines and social media discussions demonstrate admirably how far we have come, how far we have to go…but also how important working in partnership is and will be. LowCVP Managing Director, Andy Eastlake's blog for Green GB Week... 


Low Emission Bus Workshop Birmingham - 11/12/2018

The LowCVP will host its sixth Low Emission Bus Workshop at Birmingham International Airport on Tuesday 11th December 2018. The free workshop will provide local authorities and bus operators with information on new technologies and fuels, sharing operational experiences of low carbon and low emission solutions for bus fleets around the UK, including retrofit SCR projects. Register for tickets https://lebworkshopbirmingham.eventbrite.com

Clean Air Zones advice workshop - Bristol - 06/11/2018

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.

Energy and Rural Business Show 2019 - 06/02/2019

For the latest advances in low emission vehicles in the rural sector don’t miss Energy and Rural Business Show 2019. The event which includes Energy Now Expo, Low Emission Vehicles Expo and Rural Business Expo is free to attend. LowCVP's Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, will be speaking at the Conference associated with the event.

Is the automotive industry really nosediving into a bleak future, or are we riding high on a wave of commercial opportunity? - 21/11/2018

APC 'Future of Technology' series event: The past few years have seen an air of uncertainty rise in the automotive industry. After celebrating its resurgence in the first half of the decade the tide has turned and conversations on the demise of the sector are increasingly common. The industry faces many challenges, from increasingly difficult-to-meet environmental targets, the banning of technologies, lack of public trust, not to mention Brexit.

Webinar: Sustainable Mobility - Shaping the landscape of transportation towards a low carbon economy - 08/11/2018

By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, raising the central questions: How can we realise individual mobility in more and more densely populated urban areas? What concepts do we need to be able to organise traffic in a resource-efficient and climate-friendly manner? If we are to deliver on the promises of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the global development agenda, we must make access to safe and sustainable mobility for all a priority now.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Partnership:


Association of Local Bus Company Managers (ALBUM) Radius Law
Bennamann Ltd Secure Technologies Ltd
Binswood Media Sir William Wright Technology Centre
Brahms Electric Vehicle Ltd The Faraday Institution
Cambustion Ltd Trueform
Close Brothers Asset Finance VERS Smart Energy Ltd
EV-Alliance West Midlands Combined Authority (Transport for West Midlands)
Flexible Power Systems Ltd Zenobe Ltd
LCC Communications Ltd  


Complete list of all LowCVP Members available in the directory

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Upcoming Working Group Meetings:

LowCVP Board Meeting: 1st November 2018 - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, SW1H 9JJ

Members Council Meeting: 13th December - London (venue tbc)
Council Members Click Here

Bus Working Group: 10th January 2019 - IMechE, London
On the Agenda:

  • LCEB/LEB Monitoring Update
  • BSOG Reform - LowCVP Proposals and Member Input
Members Click Here To Register

EV Energy Taskforce Second Stakeholder Seminar: week beginning 21st January, (venue tbc)

Fuels Working Group: Postponed
Members Click Here for Updates.

Innovation Working Group: Postponed
Members Click Here for Updates.




» EU ministers agree 35% car emissions reduction by 2030 (Energy Live News)

» Dyson to establish EV production in Singapore (Automotive News Europe)

» EU takes first steps to 35% CO2 reduction from trucks by 2035 (Electrive)

» Shell to start roll-out of ultra-fast EV Charging points (InsideEVs)

» £7.89 million new funding announced for Scottish Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit Programme

» Reading Buses and Gas Bus Alliance introduce elevated biogas refuelling station for Reading’s bus fleet (Route One)

» Electrification & low carbon fuels can reduce GHGs in the EU by 85% - Ricardo report for CONCAWE (Ricardo)

» Univ of Bath study finds health co-benefits outweigh policy cost of Paris Climate Change Agreement – Event, 11 Dec, Bath (Eventbrite)

» UK set for ‘huge increase’ in plants producing biomethane (Renewable Energy Magazine)

» Iveco Stralis 30 tonne NG truck drives 1,726km from Essex to Madrid on one tank fill (Commercial Fleet)

» Nissan and EDF Energy announce partnership to hasten shift to EVs (Newspress – Nissan PR)

» Scottish Power goes 100% renewable (The Independent)

» Volvo warn about unexpected degradation of diesel engine exhaust equipment (CV Engineer, login needed)

» Climate warning labels on fuel pumps introduced in Sweden (Future Fuel Strategies)

» Second Pivot Power EV charging hub to be located north of Carlisle (Current)

» Rushlight Awards - deadline for entries: 30 November (Rushlight)

» Hydrogen vehicle education programme planned by Arval (Fleet News)

» SMMT’s first ever Future Mobility Challenge drives future automotive innovation and mobility solutions

» Volvo to demonstrate electric trucks with an eye to commercialization in 2020 (Charged EVs)

» Google Maps to start showing EV Charging Stations (The Verge)

» Kia and Hyundai reveal solar charging system for future EVs (Newspress)

» Hovis incorporates electric trucks into its delivery fleets (Air Quality News)

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