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LowCVP News, 1 April 2019 (Issue 175)
Government sees 'moment of opportunity' to transform urban mobility

The ‘Future of mobility: urban strategy’ outlines the Government’s approach to maximising the benefits from transport innovation in cities and towns and sets out the principles that will guide Government’s response to emerging transport technologies and business models. The Department for Transport calls the strategy 'the biggest regulatory review in a generation'.

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Other News

New app developed to encourage drivers out of their cars App developers plan to bring technology to market that aims to encourage drivers not to make unneccessary car journeys. The app, which will be activated once the vehicle detects that a person is in the driver's seat and before the engine is turned on will use the latest 'smart' technology to provide the driver with information about alternative ways of making the journey and, perhaps, the benefits of not making the journey at all.  Read more

Policy Developments

Spring Statement: Government announces environmental measures but no decision on company car tax In his Spring Statement the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a range of measures to support the Clean Growth Strategy and 25 Year Environment Plan. The Government introduced the Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy alongside the Spring Statement but there was little specific mention of road transport in the Statement itself. Fleet-focused commentators were disappointed that the Chancellor did not add clarity to the future of company car taxation. Read more

London's ULEZ to start on April 8; other cities announce CAZ plans

London's long-heralded Ultra Low Emission Zone will begin operating on 8 April. All vehicles operating on roads in the current Congestion Charge Zone will have to meet new, tighter emissions standards or pay a further daily charge to travel within the area. Several other UK cities - including Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - have announced plans to introduce Clean Air Zones; with similar aims to London's ULEZ.

£4m Government funding for technology to improve rural bus services The Government has announced £4m funding for a new digital platform which will provide location information about rural bus services. The initiative aims to give passengers greater certainty about when their bus will arrive. Read more

LowCVP News

LowCVP Annual Conference 2019 - save the date: July 8! The LowCVP's 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Westminster, London on Monday, July 8th. The event will focus on the fuels agenda, acknowledging the momentum behind moves to 'electrify everything', while analysing which other fuel types can support the drive to cut emissions in the short, medium and long-term and what policy interventions are required to support them. The LowCVP Conference will form part of a two-day fuels-focused event (8-9 July), held in collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and in association with the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Read more

Reports & Studies

Aldersgate Group publishes report on priorities for decarbonising transport

The Aldersgate Group - the business stakeholder alliance for environmentally sustainable mobility - has published a new report which argues that improving overall efficiency of the transport system will be just as important as investing in new technologies and infrastructure in the quest for decarbonisation. The report delivers a range of policy recommendations, informed by a wide range of the Group's buiness stakeholders.

Amnesty International calls on EV makers to produce 'ethical battery' within five years

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on car makers to publicly report on the full impacts of battery production, pointing to child labour used in the mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the upstream environmental impacts.

BVRLA and partners call for road pricing to be reconsidered in overhaul of motoring tax system The BVRLA, which speaks for the vehicle leasing industry, has published a new report - supported by nine organisations representing economists, fleets, motorists, the automotive industry, energy providers, and local government - which calls for the idea of road pricing to be revisited as, it says, a new policy on motoring taxation is needed. Read more

WhatCar? research blames public 'knowledge gap' for slow sales of EVs

Consumer motoring magazine WhatCar? says that new research based on a survey of 9000 motorists points to a lack of understanding which is stopping drivers from buying electric cars. However, whatcar.com traffic data also suggests that public interest in EVs is at record levels.

Industry News

John Lewis plans zero carbon fleet by 2045 John Lewis Partnership has announced plans for deep decarbonisation targets in line with a 1.5C climate change trajectory, including a pledge to have a carbon-free transport fleet by 2045. The announcement is part of the Partnership’s new zero carbon strategy, which will see the company reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 at the latest. Read more

Zap-Map receives £1m investment from Good Energy

Zap-Map, the web-based travel planner which enables drivers to locate and update electric vehicle (EV) charge points in UK & Ireland, has announced that Good Energy has taken a 12.9% share in its parent company, with an option to take a majority share within two years.


Oxford EV Summit - 26/06/2019

The two-day summit brings together business leaders and key players working on electric vehicles, energy, information technology and charging infrastructure, to explore how we advance full e-mobility. There's a 10% discount on delegate fees for LowCVP members.

Stakeholder workshops to define pathway to low carbon freight transport

The Advanced Propulsion Centre and Energy Systems Catapult are inviting stakeholders to either of two workshops to help generate ideas to help define a cost-effective pathway to decarbonise road freight. The events will be taking place in Birmingham (April 8) and London (April 10).

edie Live 2019 - 21/05/2019

Join the UK’s leading energy, sustainability and resource professionals at edie live 2019 - the place for empowering sustainable businesses.

New Members

  • TBAT Innovation Ltd
  • Elevate LNG
  • Powersystems UK Ltd
  • Transport Systems Catapult
  • Cornwall Council
  • IConnectiCity
  • University of the West of England
  • Cybrand AEC Ltd
  • Applied Emissions Ltd

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Upcoming LowCVP Meetings:

LowCVP Board Meeting: 11th April - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ

Bus Working Group: 2nd May 2019 - Gatwick Airport
On the Agenda:

  • Government Updates
  • Hydrogen Bus Demonstration

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Passenger Car Working Group: 9th May 2019 - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ (tbc)
On the Agenda:

  • Government Updates
  • Consumer Information
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Commercial Vehicle Working Group: 14th May 2019 - Farnborough International

On the Agenda:

  • ULET Standards
  • LEFT Updates
  • Road to Zero 15% Industry Commitment
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Fuels Working Group: 16th May 2019 - venue tbc

On the Agenda:

  • Government Updates
  • AFID Labelling Campaign Update

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» Electric cars dominate at Geneva Motor Show (BBC News)

» Shell aims to be the world’s top electricity producer (World Oil)

» Battery power’s latest price plunge threatens oil, gas says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

» Labour pledges to put transport at heart of ‘green industrial revolution’ (Transport Network)

» Top oil firms spending millions lobbying to block climate change policies, says report (MSN.com)

» Gridserve unveils £1 billion ‘Electric Forecourt’ EV infrastructure programme (Current)

» UK is falling behind in the global electric car race (FT)

» Ensus plant in Wilton resumes production - but bosses fire Brexit warning (Northern Echo)

» Solar-powered forecourts to revolutionise EV charging (Telegraph)

» New independent emissions testing – AIR - initiative launched (Air Quality News)

» Consultation outcome (summary of responses): Future of mobility call for evidence (Gov.uk)

» Formula E revs up for return to London in 2020 (edie)

» VW plans 22 million EVs in 10 years (Inside.EVs)

» Edinburgh gives green light to on-street recharging (The Times)

» Shell takes over First Utility; moves into domestic renewable electricity supply and EV charging (This is Money)

» Project shows visibility of EVs on network (Networks.online)

» £50m clean mobility centre launched in Coventry (The Engineer)

» ABB and Volvo to deploy six electric buses at UK’s Birmingham Airport (Charged.EVs)

» BP Chargemaster opens ‘largest’ universal rapid charging hub (Current)

» Old Toyota manufacturing plant set to re-open as hydrogen 'hub' (edie)

» Kia teams with Amazon to sell chargers and installation services (Charged.EVs)

» Lion electric to introduce first electric truck (Electrek)

» Oslo to introduce inductive charging for taxis (Digital Journal)

» Arval to reduce diesel portfolio by 45% before 2021 (Fleet People)

» Nottingham gears up for EV rollout with EU-backed vehicle-to-grid trial (edie)

» Palm oil in diesel labelled as unsustainable by the EU Commission (T&E)

» Jaguar Land Rover installs UK's largest electric vehicle charging facility (JLR)

» Global EV sales surge in 2018 – China and Scandinavia are the stars (Charged.EVs)

» Bath to back CAZ but confirms no charges for cars (Air Quality News)

» Manchester short-lists clean air plan measures (Clean Air Greater Manchester)

» China's Hainan province to end fossil fuel car sales in 2030 (Channel News Asia)

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