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LowCVP News, 31 July 2019 (Issue 179)
LowCVP 2019 Conference focuses on future fuels - all resources now available

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s 16th Annual Conference, took place in Westminster on July 8. ‘More than electric dreams? Future Fuels on the Road to Zero? asked whether accelerating the drive to battery electric vehicles can deliver road transport’s contribution to ‘net zero’ or whether we’ll need to use ‘other tools in the box’ to cut emissions from liquid fuels and combustion engines while we’re undergoing the electric transition.

Conference presentations, videos, images and other resources are now available from a dedicated page on the LowCVP's website.

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Policy Developments

UK to introduce mandatory installation of EV chargepoints for all new homes The Government has published proposals that would implement a requirement for all new homes to be fitted with electric vehicle chargepoints and a call for evidence on the longer-term options for smart charging. In a raft of announcements to support the uptake of EVs, the Government has also promised that all public rapid chargers will be credit/debit card friendly by Spring 2020. Company Car BIK tax rates have also been confirmed with benefits for EV drivers. Read more

New transport ministers appointed by Boris Johnson

Following the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister on 23 July a wide-ranging reshuffle of the Government has resulted in four new ministers joining the Department for Transport. The new Secretary of State is Grant Shapps MP and there are two new Ministers of State: George Freeman MP and Chris Heaton-Harris MP. Existing Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, Nusrat Ghani MP and Baroness Vere of Norbiton are joined by Paul Maynard MP. At the time of writing, ministerial responsibilities had not yet been published. Meanwhile, the journalist Andrew Gilligan has been appointed as transport advisor to the new PM.

"Now do it" - CCC says UK Government must now implement policies to deliver 'net zero' requirement Speaking at the launch today of the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) 2019 Progress report to Parliament, Chief Executive Chris Stark said that the world is "currently, optimistically - at best - on track for 3 degrees Celsius warming" and that policies must urgently be implemented to ensure the net zero targets - just enshrined in UK law - can be met. The report says the surface transport sector is now the largest contributor to the UK's greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, a key area in need of intensified policy focus. Read more

£37m Government funding to support EV recharging innovation

The Government has announced investment of £37 million in twelve projects to support innovations in electric vehicle recharging. Projects include wireless charging, 'pop-up' charging hubs built into the pavement and cutting edge storage technology development.

Reports & Studies

Study finds that GHG-reduction potential of electric vehicles is underestimated New research from Eindhoven University says that the greenhouse gas emission reduction potential of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is underestimated in the scientific literature. It says that over the life cycle of BEVs, there is a tendency to overestimate battery manufacturing-related emissions, underestimate battery durability and not to allow for the rapid decarbonisation of the electricity mix over the lifetime of the vehicle. Read more

SMMT points to industry sustainability gains but new car CO2 emissions up after sustained fall

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that automotive industry productivity has risen by more than 200% since 1999, pointing to sustainability gains in energy use, water and CO2 emissions over the 20-year period. SMMT says that CO2 per vehicle produced has more than halved and new car CO2 has declined by a third over the period. However, average new car CO2 emissions rose 2.9% from 121g/km in 2017 to 124.5g/km in 2018. 

MPs group publishes final report on prospects for British bioethanol

The All Party Parliamentary Group on British Bioethanol has published its final report, saying that the UK will likely soon lose the £1bn bioethanol industry unless E10 (10% mix of ethanol in petrol) is introduced swiftly - and by 2020 at the latest.

Industry News

Jaguar Land Rover announces plans to build range of new electrified cars in the UK

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it plans to build a range of new electrified cars in the UK at its Castle Bromwich plant. The company says it will invest hundreds of millions of pounds in order to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020. The company is also calling for a a giga-scale battery production plant in the UK "to put the country at leading edge of electric mobility".

LowCVP News

LowCVP publishes work programme alongside Annual Conference The LowCVP has published its latest work programme for the next year which aims to create the building blocks and evidence base across all road transport areas to enable the largest, most rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

LowCVP is recruiting! New Technical & Programme Director sought

The LowCVP is seeking to recruit a new Technical & Programme Director. This is a senior role requiring an accomplished people and project manager, commercially astute who can create collaboration and engagement both internally and externally with partner organisations and institutions in both the private and public sectors.

Other News

Call for expressions of interest in Horizon 2020 projects

Over €350m is available through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme which can provide up to 100% funding towards project costs. UK organisations are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Horizon 2020; though the UK is due to leave the European Union on October 31st, the UK Treasury has guaranteed to fund the UK elements of any project if the EU is unable to do so.


Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2019 (Cenex-LCV 2019) - 04/09/2019

Cenex-LCV 2019 will once again be held at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, on 4-5 September. 2018 saw the largest ever attendance at the LCV Event (4385 delegates) a 13.5% rise on 2017; testimony to the growing interest and engagement in this agenda.  This year, a new Connected Autonomous Mobility Event is to be co-located at Cenex-LCV 2019. 

Future Resource & Zero Emission 2019 - 11/09/2019

The UK's leading event for energy and water efficiency, Future ResourceAnchorAnchorprovides a platform for the latest solutions and industry insights shaping the future of the utilities sector. Specifically designed for businesses aspiring to be greener and more sustainable.

Freight in the City Expo - 06/11/2019

Taking place on 6 November 2019 in London’s Alexandra Palace, Freight in the City Expo will be full of key decision-makers looking for the latest technology and equipment to make urban freight movements safer, cleaner, quieter and more efficient.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities


Cenex-LCV 2019: 4th-5th September - Millbrook, Bedfordshire
LowCVP will have a presence on the Government Pavillion - Come see us!
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Bus Working Group: 19th September - Birmingham
On the Agenda:

  • Government Updates
  • Innovations in the Bus Sector
Members Click Here To Register


Passenger Car Working Group: 26th September - London
On the Agenda:

  • Government Updates
  • Work Programme Update
  • EV Energy Taskforce Update
Members Click Here To Register




New Members

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

Caetano UK SmartEV ltd Sevadis
In Perpetuum Partners LLP Voith Turbo ltd
Oxford Said Business School


» Future of road transport outlined in new JRC report (Europa.eu)

» BEIS publishes Green Finance Strategy (Gov.uk)

» Campaign for Better Transport announces new strategy; focus on environmental sustainability (CfBT)

» Pioneering electric vehicle study shows up to 95% of consumers happy to use ‘smart charging’ (Energy Systems Catapult)

» First biomethane filling station for Bristol (Bristol.gov)

» Car manufacturers to ‘triple EV offer’ by end of 2021 (Clean Technica)

» Ford and Volkswagen announced plans to expand global alliance to include electric vehicles (Ford)

» EVs could form battery hubs to store renewable energy (The Guardian)

» Defra - Government targets particulate matter and microplastic pollution from cars (Gov.uk)

» Shell claims first 150kw EV charging forecourt (Current)

» British Gas and SSE commit to all electric vehicles by 2030 (The Guardian)

» MINI opens order books on Oxford-build MINI electric (Newspress)

» BYD and Alexander Dennis announce 100 double-deck EV sales (SMMT)

» Matt Western MP elected as new chair of the APPG on Electric Vehicles (REA)

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