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(Re-send: missing content) LowCVP News, 31 January 2020, Issue 185
EV Energy Taskforce news: Government advisory body says electric vehicle revolution can be a boon to the UK’s energy system

[News release:] A Government-backed taskforce bringing together key players in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors has demonstrated that an effectively managed integration of electric vehicles with the energy system can significantly improve electricity network efficiency, increase system resilience and limit the requirement to build costly new infrastructure to meet growing electricity demand.

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Industry News

UK electric van maker receives £85m investment from Hyundia/Kia Hyundai and Kia have announced an £85m ($100m) investment in UK-based electric van maker - and LowCVP member - Arrival. The money will be used by Arrival to scale up production of its electric van targeted at the commercial vehicle market. Read more

Nissan and Uber sign deal for supply of up to 2,000 electric Leafs, most destined for London

Nissan and Uber have agreed a deal with will support the introduction of up to 2,000 electric Nissan Leafs for drivers who use the Uber app, mainly in London.

Policy Developments

DfT announces increases in funding for on-street chargepoints The Department for Transport has announced that it is doubling funding to £10m for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets next year. The Government is also considering how real-time information can also be made readily available, helping cut waiting times by showing which chargepoints are currently being used. Read more

Scotland announces new Centre for Low Carbon Innovation and Manufacture

The Scottish Government has recently announced £60m funding for the development of the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc on Michelin's Dundee site. The development is the result of the work of Scotland's new Industry Advisory Group (IAG) which aims to maximise the economic opportunities available to Scotland through the low carbon transition. The LowCVP has been a leading participant in the IAG.

Reports & Studies

Report shows EV battery prices had fallen 87% in nine years to 2019 Electric vehicle battery prices, which were over $1,100 per kWh in 2010 had fallen 87% in real terms to $156/kWh in 2019 according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). They are forecast to be close to $100/kWh in 2023 when, they say, EVs should be close to achieving purchase cost parity with their ICE counterparts. Meanwhile, a separate study suggests that EV battery degradation is slower than is commonly perceived.  Read more
Citizens Advice says public must be "at the heart of process" in net zero transition In the first in a series of reports examining the impact of the net zero transition on consumers, Citizens Advice says that the government must put the public at the heart of the process or risk undermining the country's ability to reach the targets. The report 'Zero Sum' finds that 82% of people canvassed in a nationally representative sample said they support the goal to reach net zero by 2050.  Read more

New reports point way ahead for freight and fuels in low carbon transition

The Road Haulage Association has set out its general approach to decarbonising the freight and logistics sector, calling on the Government to develop a 'freight roadmap' towards net zero and develop consistent, supportive policies to "give our members confidence to plan for a green future". Meanwhile, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has published a separate report which focuses on the importance of using cleaner fuels in IC-engines to support the electric transition. 

Other News

LowCVP survey seeks evidence from HGV operators to inform work on low carbon truck development - Deadline extended!

(Deadline extended to 14 Feb.) LowCVP is seeking evidence from HGV operators to inform work on development of next-generation, fuel efficient & low carbon road freight vehicles. (Survey link follows.)

LowCVP News

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EV Infrastructure Summit - 25/03/2020

The second edition of the EV Infrastructure Summit (25-26 March) will focus on the opportunities and challenges involved in establishing a UK-wide charging infrastructure as part of the transition to zero emission vehicles. There are discounts on delegate fees for LowCVP members.

UK Bus Summit 2020 The Need for a National Bus Strategy - What can our buses do for our country? - 06/02/2020

The UK Bus Summit is the premier bus event covering all parts of the UK. This - the 6th annual Summit - is held right at the heart of Westminster to elevate the importance of bus at the centre of local and national decision making, the event allows the opportunity to compare and contrast bus policy throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The LowCVP will be an exhibitor at the event.

ITT Hub - Innovation & Technology in Transport - 13/05/2020

ITT Hub 2020 will bring together all the latest thinking and technological developments which are already reshaping the transport and logistics landscape.  A conference space, indoor exhibition and outdoor experiential areas all in one place, for the very first time. The LowCVP is an event partner and supporter of the ITT Hub.

Energy and Rural Business Show UK - 03/03/2020

The Energy and Rural Business Show is a business event for the agricultural and rural communities of the UK, providing in depth information and guidance on renewable energy generation and use, diversification ventures, low-emission vehicle & machinery options and ways to maximise the value of available resources.

Zero Emission Bus Workshop - Pantograph Charging of eBuses - 20/02/2020

Part of the zero emission fleets workshop series, this workshop will be focusing on the 6 electric Volvo buses deployed by Birmingham Airport that were in part funded by the DfT's Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme. These buses are charged pantographically by two pantograph chargers deployed outside the terminal airport as well as slow charged overnight using CCS2 chargers.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Zero Emission Bus Workshop - Pantograph Charging of eBuses: 20th February - Birmingham Airport
Part of the zero emission fleets workshop series, this workshop will be focusing on the 6 electric Volvo buses deployed by Birmingham Airport that were in part funded by the DfT's Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme. These buses are charged pantographically by 2 pantograph chargers deployed outside the terminal airport as well as slow charged overnight using CCS2 chargers. Speakers will include:

  • TfWM
  • Birmingham Airport
  • Volvo
  • and more...
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Commercial Vehicle Working Group: 11th March - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Agenda items:

  • Government Updates (inc. Transport Scotland)
  • ULET / ZEF / LEFT Updates
  • 2020/21 Work Programme Proposals
  • Guest Presentations
  • and more...
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Fuels Working Group: 26th March - Institution of Civil Engineers, London
Innovations in Lower Carbon Fuels.
Agenda items:

  • Government Updates
  • Guest Presentations
  • and more...
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» EU approves €3.2-billion project to create more sustainable Li-ion batteries (Electrive)

» Climate change soars up CEO agenda - PwC report (PwC news link)

» Committee on Climate Change says March budget must include measures to cut emissions from housing and transport (Independent)

» Citizens Assembly on Climate Change begins deliberations (Climate Assembly)

» New monthly report from National Grid shows where UK electricity comes from, tracks decarbonisation progress (NG-ESO)

» Cross-party group of MPs calls on Government to continue EV grants after March 2020 (Parliament – EDM)

» Guardian newspaper to ban advertising from fossil fuel firms (The Guardian)

» Mayor accelerates action to remove polluting vans, trucks & coaches from London (London.gov)

» AA calls on Government to scrap VAT on purchase of new EVs (Auto Express)

» Los Angeles may force Uber to use electric vehicles, mayor says (FT)

» York to ban private car journeys from city centre by 2023 (The Guardian)

» Sweden to develop plan to phase out fossil fuel cars (ChargedEVs)

» National Assembly for Wales launches Inquiry into Air Quality (NAW)

» Royal Dutch Shell may fail to reach green energy targets (The Guardian)

» DfT - Electric taxis to go wireless thanks to new charging tech trial (Gov.uk)

» Carbon emissions: Scale of UK fossil fuel support 'staggering' (BBC)

» Tesla's market value eclipses GM and Ford combined (Reuters)

» Nigel Topping appointed UK Government High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 (Energy Live News)

» Moixa, Honda and Islington Council launch ‘innovative’ V2G project (Current)

» Winner of Go Ultra Low Competition to promote zero emission transport announced (GoUltraLow)

» Electric car batteries are getting greener – and fast (Yahoo)

» Hundreds of Amazon employees criticise firm's climate stance (The Guardian)

» National Grid - Hundreds of thousands of people needed to power UK’s net zero energy commitment (Energy Central)

» Job vacancy: GLA recruiting Senior Policy and Projects Officer, Air Quality (GLA)

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