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LowCVP News, 2 March 2020, Issue 186
Government brings forward target to end sales of combustion engine cars to 2035

The Government has announced that it plans to bring forward the ending of the sale of combustion engine cars and vans in the UK from 2040 to 2035. Making the announcement at the launch of the UN Climate Summit - which is scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November - the Government also confirmed that the proposals include ending the sale of all hybrid vehicles. It says that the deadline may be earlier if a faster transition is feasible, subject to consultation. 

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Policy Developments

Government reshuffle brings new ministers into DfT, BEIS Rachel Maclean MP is the new minister for the 'future of transport', including LowCVP areas of transport decarbonisation and the environment following a wide-ranging reshuffle of the Government on 13-14 February. She takes over from George Freeman MP. Alok Sharma MP has been appointed as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is also named as President for CoP26, the major international climate change conference which will take place in Glasgow in November.  Read more

Reports & Studies

Ofgem publishes decarbonisation action plan

Ofgem has published a Decarbonisation Action Plan which sets out nine actions required to be taken over the next eighteen months to ensure energy networks are ready to deliver net zero, support Government in tackling the difficult question of how to decarbonise heat and transport and encourage innovation to provide new low carbon products and services for consumers. The plan has been generally welcomed by industry and consumer groups.

LowCVP News

Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce - report launch video published! A video recorded at the launch of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce has been published. It provides a bite-sized summary of the government-backed project which brought together key players in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. The report 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.  Read more


The EV Event 2020 - 22/04/2020

The EV Event 2020 will examine how to navigate challenges today, tomorrow and in the future, providing public and private sector organisations with a clear view of the road ahead.

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.

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.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

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: Artemis Intelligent Power
  • and more...
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Fuels Working Group: 26th March - St Ermin's, London
Agenda items:

  • Government Updates
  • Transport Energy Network’s development of a ‘vehicle technology and fuels roadmap to 2050’ addressing cross-transport sector decarbonisation
  • Low Emission Freight Trial Results
  • Guest Presentations: Royal Society and Formula 1
  • and more...
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Zero Emission Fleet Workshop: Newport - Buses - 2nd April, Newport

Free workshop will be held in Newport, Wales at how on-site battery storage has been deployed to support the electrification of bus services in partnership with Yutong, Zenobe Energy, Newport Bus & Newport City Council.

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New Members

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


Cheesecake Energy ExxonMobil
Coventry City Council Forward Utility
Delta Motorsport Hypermotive ltd
Electric Motive Power Pivot Power
Energy Networks Association Sapsford Consulting
Engie EV Solutions Tusker
Equipmake ltd Vattenfall Network Solutions
Fero Consulting The Welsh Government




» Alok Sharma MP, BEIS Secretary of State, announced as CoP 26 President (Gov.uk)

» UK set to breach fifth carbon budget, despite setting net zero goal (IU Energy)

» UK electric van maker Arrival secures £340m order from UPS (The Guardian)

» Analysis: Coronavirus has temporarily reduced China's CO2 emissions by a quarter (Carbon Brief)

» New online vehicle checker to help drivers prepare for Clean Air Zones (CAZs) with charges (Gov.uk)

» Birmingham Clean Air Zone delayed (Fleet News)

» EDF acquires Pod Point securing its role in the UK EV market (Current)

» £90 million UK drive to reduce carbon emissions in homes & heavy industry (Gov.uk)

» Bus companies in Scotland aim for net zero emissions by 2030 (Herald, Scotland)

» Costs of charging electric car ‘vary dramatically’ says RAC Foundation

» Malmö, Sweden orders 60 Volvo high-capacity electric buses (Charged.EVs)

» VW’s new electric ID3 sells out on two days (MSN)

» BP to ‘fundamentally re-organise’ in pursuit of net zero by 2050 aim (Current)

» New study analyses climate impacts of EVs using latest life-cycle data (Carbon Brief)

» UK’s first all-electric car hire platform launches in London (Fleet News)

» Singapore aims to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 (Reuters)

» Plug-in hybrid vehicles among the ‘highest polluting’ company cars (Fleet News)

» Consultation on the UK’s independent tariff policy (biofuels references) (Gov.uk)

» First electric van prototypes in build at LEVC (Leasing Options)

» Mayor confirms Car Free Day celebrations will return to London on 20 Sept (London.gov)

» UK’s biggest eco-refuse fleet hits the streets of Liverpool (Energy Live News)

» EDF partners with UK Royal Mail Group to deliver EV charging solutions (Energy Live News)

» Mitsubishi & Ovo to offer 10,000 miles of ‘free charging’ (Mitsubishi)

» New job in Mayor of London’s Air Quality team (LowCVP)

» REAL unveils new Electric Vehicle Consumer Code (Current)

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