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LowCVP News, 30 October 2020, Issue 194
EV Energy Taskforce reconvenes to drive action in the electric transition and help deliver Net Zero

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Energy Taskforce  - the Government-backed initiative bringing together key players in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors – is moving to take the next steps to drive the transition to electric vehicles while delivering benefits to EV drivers, consumers and to the UK’s electricity system. Full details will be announced at an online event to be held this afternoon.

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Policy Developments

Leeds says CAZ no longer required; Bath & Birmingham CAZs get go-ahead

A review by Leeds City Council and the Government has found that Leeds Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is no longer required due to recent improvements in air quality in the city. Meanwhile, the Government has approved plans for CAZs to go live in Bath and Birmingham in 2021 following delays linked to Covid-19. 

Reports & Studies

New report highlights importance of smart technologies, EV-grid integration for reaching net zero A new report identifies 55 'high impact technology projects' that it says that Europe must embark upon in order to meet net zero by 2050. These include upgrading energy grids, enabling bifacial solar and driving EV deployment. The report explains how digital technologies are key to increasing flexibility, control of demand, supply and storage and improving aggregation of demand. Read more

Car makers race to meet EU 2020/1 CO2 targets by increasing EV sales New analysis by Brussels-based NGO T&E says that auto manufacturers are on course to meet EU regulated 2020/21 new car CO2 emissions targets, through a combination of strategies including increasing sales of EVs, improving ICE vehicles' emissions performance and 'pooling' emissions with other companies who have exceeded the target. Read more

EVs to reach cost parity with ICE cars by 2024 - new UBS analysis New analysis from global financial services firm UBS finds that electric cars will be no more expensive to make than conventional cars with internal combustion engines (ICE) by 2024. By the middle of the 2020s a UBS analyst says there will be few reasons left to buy an ICE car. Read more

Industry News

DPD plans zero or low emission-only deliveries to 25 towns & cities by 2025 Leading parcel delivery company and LowCVP member DPD has announced plans to deliver to 25 of the UK's largest towns and cities with zero and low-emission vehicles by 2025. Read more

LowCVP News

LowCVP to support 'Government Pavilion' at Cenex-LCV 2020 online LowCVP is looking forward to taking part in the 'Government Pavilion' which will form the centrepiece of Cenex's LCV 2020 event, taking place online on 18-19 November. LowCVP representatives will also be contributing to the event's wide-ranging programme of seminars. Read more

Upcoming LowCVP Activities


LowCVP Working Group Meetings
For the duraton of the COVID-19 Lockdwn, LowCVP still intent to hold regular meetings of our various workgroups online using Microsoft Teams.

Standard agenda items will include:

  • Government Updates
  • 2020/21 Work Programme Update
  • Guest Presentation

Details for each working group's activites are published here .

Key Dates:

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If you would like to take part in this important work to decarbonise road transport during this crucial time, please consider joining LowCVP and get involved.





Low Carbon Vehicle Event (Online) - 18/11/2020

Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event. Its key features include: a technology exhibition; an extensive seminar programme; facilitated networking with the low carbon community; information about the latest research & development and commercially available vehicles.

Fleet & Mobility Live - 17/11/2020

Fleet & Mobility Live welcomes the entire extended family of fleet and mobility management from organisations of all types with car and van fleets of all sizes. At the forefront for all things mobility, ensuring that you are prepared for the future of fleet management. LowCVP is a supporting partner of the event and Managing Director Andy Eastlake is among the speakers.

The Future of Light Urban Mobility, How to Transport People and Goods More Sustainably, Quickly and Efficiently - 05/11/2020

Around the world, urban mobility is being shaped by megatrends such as population growth, urbanization, environmental awareness and emission legislation, changing ownership models and increasing levels of connectivity. The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought added urgency to the question of moving people and goods around cities safely, quickly and sustainably.  What does this mean for future light urban mobility solutions? 

International EV Batteries 2020: Cost-Effective Engineering for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles - 11/11/2020

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ International EV Batteries 2020 conference will address the latest engineering design processes and best practice in battery application for a more resilient and cost-effective battery. Explore the challenges they encounter across the lifecycle of the battery from its initial design and manufacture to the end of life process. Not only will you hear from the end users but also the wider supply chain to ensure your organisation improves battery performance and durability. 

Low Carbon Agriculture 2021 - 09/03/2021

Low Carbon Agriculture 2021 is a vibrant new business event for forward thinking farmers, landowners and industry operators. The event will explore ways to address climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and best practice in both carbon and environmental land management.


» Government to release Net Zero Strategy ‘raising ambition’ ahead of COP26 (Business Green)

» LSE/Grantham Research Inst: Green jobs can boost recovery and deliver levelling up agenda (Climate Action)

» LowCVP members – DPD UK; John Lewis Partnership – scoop prestigious Motor Transport Awards (Motor Transport)

» £10m available to support development of new battery technologies through Faraday Challenge for EV development (Gov.uk)

» European CEO Alliance emphasises cross-industry CEO collaboration to fight climate change (Automotive World)

» Japan aims for commercial hydrogen fuel supply chain by 2030 (Reuters)

» Transcription of EU CO2 regulations into UK law process moves forward (legislation.gov)

» Kaluza and Bosch hail the ‘breaking of new ground’ with successful smart EV charging trial

» Uber announces £5m for London EV charging infrastructure (Current)

» Prime Minister launches major UK road and rail review (Gov.uk)

» New dual-fuel parallel hybrid combustion truck developed in Spain (AQ News)

» FirstGroup Plc - First ever zero emission bus fleet for West Yorkshire launched in Leeds (Coach & Bus Week)

» BMW Group UK announces a new partnership with Off Grid Energy (BMW Group)

» France introduces new weight tax on heavy cars (Auto Express)

» Solar clad trailer being trialled by Scania in Sweden (Electrive)

» REA launches new service to help facilitate EV roaming (Just Auto)

» BP Chargemaster scoops up ‘UK’s largest ever’ EV charging contract (Current)

» Hyundai delivers Xcient fuel cell trucks to Europe (PR Newswire)

» BlackRock invests $118m in UK electric van group Arrival (Wall Street Journal)

» Stena gives Volvo bus batteries a second life (Recycling International)

» Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure – Scotland (KTN)

» Green jobs and 'jobs with purpose' rising as businesses become more sustainable (The Guardian)

» Old batteries from EVs to be used in mobile charging station (Energy Live News)

» New data shows dramatic improvement in London’s air quality since 2016 (London.gov)

» BMW and Mini to give used car batteries a second life (Smart Transport)

» Campaign for Better Transport appoints Paul Tuohy as CEO (Better Transport)

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