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LowCVP News, 1 May 2020, Issue 188
Leading world figures call for a green transition as route out of Covid crisis

Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, is among a number of leading world voices to say that the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic presents an historic opportunity to scale up the technologies needed to speed a transition to cleaner energy and transport. The UK's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that it is "the duty of every responsible government" to reboot economies along climate-resilient lines.  Leading figures from Germany, the EU and UK have also made similar calls.

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Reports & Studies

Surveys project fall in public transport and private car use after lockdown Two new opinion surveys find that travel behaviour could change significantly after the Covid-19 lockdown is released with respondents suggesting that 22% will reduce their personal car use while there could also be a 20% fall in public transport usership. A rise in home working and virtual meetings are expected. Meanwhile, the Government is facing a legal challenge over its road building plans. Read more

Electric cars "proving a practical proposition" - doing more miles a year than petrol cars - study

Research by the RAC Foundation has found that electric cars have travelled over 25% more miles, on average, than new petrol cars. The research - carried out before the Coronavirus lockdown - also found that Tesla models travelled an average of 12,459 miles a year compared with 10,377 a year for all vehicles.

LowCVP News

LowCVP Conference, July 15, to focus on 'seizing the moment' for greener road transport LowCVP's Annual Conference on-line will focus on how the UK can seize the opportunity for an investment-led green recovery in road transport as we emerge from the pandemic. The event will also provide a forum for policy ideas and proposals to help inform the Government's 2020 Transport Decarbonisation Plan. It will utilise the latest in digital conferencing technology to maximise the opportunities for interactivity, information sharing and networking. Read more

LowCVP responds to consultation on the introduction of E10 fuel at filling stations across the UK

The LowCVP has responded to the Government's proposals for the introduction of E10 petrol - up to a 10% blend of ethanol in petrol supplied to forecourts, rising from the current 5% limit. The consultation period formally ends next Sunday 3rd May.

LowCVP welcomes new Technical and Programme Director (Media release) James McGeachie has joined the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership as Technical and Programme Director. Coming to LowCVP from Prodrive - the leading motorsport and advanced technology company - James will lead on the delivery of the Partnership’s annual work programme as well as taking technical responsibility for the Partnership’s projects and outputs. Read more

New car environmental label shows car buyers the way to lower running costs and emissions

As car dealerships begin to open their doors to customers, motorists will find it much easier to discover which new car could cost them the least to run and – crucially – has the lowest emissions. A new car 'environmental label, redesigned by LowCVP for the new WLTP regime, includes new information that’s  clearer, easier to follow and actively encourages motorists to consider low or zero-emissions cars.

A year to be proud of: LowCVP publishes summary of 2019-20 projects and key outputs In 2019-20, working in partnership with our highly valued members, LowCVP has delivered outputs from 28 important projects, holding over 100 meetings, workshops and other events and collaborating with around 500 different organisations. A summary of the completed projects is published today and available for download from the LowCVP website. Read more

Industry News

Wrightbus owner proposes production of 3,000-strong hydrogen bus fleet The new owner of Northern Ireland's Wrightbus whose group also owns a hydrogen-production company, Ryse, has announced proposals to build a 3,000-strong hydrogen bus fleet across the UK. Read more

Sales of battery electric vehicles an plug-in hybrids rise as overall market slumps in March

Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) tripled and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) rose by 38% (year-on-year) in March against the backdrop of a 44% slump in registrations of new cars to the UK market. BEVs accounted for 4.6% of the UK market, while PHEVs took 2.7%.

Dates of APC16 funding competition announced

The Advanced Propulsion Centre has announced the open dates of the next round of grant funding from the £1bn 'pot' set up by Government and industry to accelerate the development of low carbon technology from research to the point of commercialisation. APC16 will open on 27 May and close on 18 July 2020.


» Consultation on ending the sale of ICE cars in 2035 deadline extended to end-July (Gov.uk)

» Calls for lower air pollution levels to be maintained as study shows 1,700 UK lives have been saved (Daily Telegraph)

» Major European businesses, cities, NGOs call on EU for Green New Deal to be embedded in Covid-19 recovery (WeForum)

» Climate change: 2019 was Europe's warmest year on record (BBC)

» UN warns of 'biblical' famines due to climate change, drought and coronavirus (BBC)

» Coronavirus is a “once in a lifetime chance to reshape how we travel” (Business Green – paywall

» Paris climate goals would yield $600 trillion economic boon (World Resources Institute)

» Ed Miliband back on Labour front bench as shadow Business and Energy Secretary (The Guardian

» Almost half of UK's carbon emissions not accounted for under net-zero target, WWF report warns (Independent)

» Amsterdam's launches 'City Doughnut' - a holistic tool for reimagining and remaking the future of the places we live (SmartCities World)

» South Korea to implement Green New Deal and Net Zero (Climate Change News)

» Spain ups stakes for scrapping old cars and funding EVs (Electrive)

» Shell cuts dividend for first time since second world war (Financial Times)

» Milan to introduce Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space away from cars (Irish Times)

» EVs and public charging network keep key workers moving in midst of pandemic (ZapMap)

» Shell unveils plans to become net-zero carbon company by 2050 (The Guardian)

» Mobility subscriptions could one day make car ownership a 20th century relic (Automotive World

» 65% of Londoners changed their vehicles for the ULEZ (Bikesure)

» Vauxhall Vivaro-e - company's first factory-built, fully-electric van launched (Newspress

» Niche Vehicle Network new competition open (NVN)

» Doctors campaign for 20mph pandemic speed limit (LTT)

» Eurobonds and the EU’s green recovery plan: a game changer? (T&E)

» Climate Assembly UK to complete its work through online video conferencing (Climate Assembly)

» National Transport Awards introduces new category: ‘Contribution to Tackling the Climate Emergency’ (Transport Times)

» Fraunhofer ISE Testing Vehicle-Integrated Solar Systems for Trucks (Clean Technica)

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