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LowCVP News - 31 January 2011 Issue 77

Government announces that £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund is open for bidding

Bidding for the new Local Sustainable Transport Fund is now open the Government has announced. Local authorities will receive £560m funding towards innovative schemes which make local transport more sustainable and promote local economic development.

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Policy Developments

Government announces measures to encourage local councils to install electric charging points

The Coalition Government has announced changes in planning regulations which will make it easier for local councils to install charging points for electric vehicles on streets and in outdoor car parks without the need for planning permission.

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Coalition claims ‘end of war on motorists’ by abolishing regulations on parking

The Coalition Government has announced the abolition of rules prescribing limits on car spaces for new homes and guidance encouraging higher parking charges. Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond jointly announced the changes, claiming they represented and end to the last Government’s ‘war on motorists’.

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Electric car grants programme begins as manufacturers gear up for production

The Government has begun to issue grants worth up to £5000 to help consumers to purchase plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. As the scheme began on 1st January, three electric vehicles eligible for the grant were available. At least six further grant-eligible models are expected to be available later this year.

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Reports & Studies

Researchers claim successful trial for hands-free motorway driving

An EU project to develop environmentally friendly ‘vehicle platoons’ in which car drivers on motorways take their hands off the wheel has undergone its first successful trials. The research consortium thinks the technology may be able to cut fuel consumption by 20%.

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RAC Foundation report calls for feebates amongst other policy mechanisms to drive adoption of ultra-low carbon vehicles

The RAC Foundation says that Government grants alone will not create the green revolution ministers want to see in the car market. This is one of the headline findings of a new report by Ecolane for the RAC Foundation which highlights policies needed to drive the adoption of ultra-low carbon vehicles.

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Alternative fuels to succeed traditional diesel by 2050, EU report says

A report presented to the European Commission by the stakeholder Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels says that alternative fuels can replace conventional fuels across EU transport by 2050.

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Car executives expect hybrid and electric vehicles to be biggest growth sectors in next five years - industry survey

The latest Global Automotive Executive Survey from KPMG shows that most respondents expect hybrid and electric vehicles to show the biggest growth in any vehicle category over the next five years. The survey also showed a big rise in the importance of fuel efficiency as a purchase criteria. Meanwhile, Toyota says that its hybrid car models broke sales records in Europe and Japan in 2010.

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Industry News

Mazda announces plans to produce an EV from 2012 as GM scales-up production of Volt

Mazda has confirmed its entrance into the electric vehicle (EV) market, following in the footsteps of rivals Nissan and Toyota. Japan's fifth-largest car manufacturer has announced plans to produce a battery-run sub-compact car in Japan from 2012, reversing its previous policy of focusing on improving the efficiency of its petrol and diesel ranges.

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Ford to launch electric Focus in late 2011

Ford Motor Company unveiled the new electric Ford Focus at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January. It will be the company's first all-electric mainstream passenger car and one of the five new electrified vehicles that the carmaker will deliver by 2013 in North American and European markets.

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Qantas in biofuels-from-waste venture with Solena

Australian airline Qantas is close to an agreement with US-based bioenergy technology company, the Solena Group, for the construction of a plant to produce biojet fuel for its aircraft, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

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LowCVP News

FEATURE: The Used Car Fuel Economy Label – a valuable addition to the used car dealer’s tool-box

A free-to-use labelling scheme to make used car buyers more aware of fuel economy and CO2-based taxation has received the thumbs-up from customers and dealers. The Used Car Fuel Economy label is a voluntary initiative for dealers, developed by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) with support from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Government.

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LowCVP/WhatCar? webinar: Is 2011 the year when electric cars will charge the market?
10th Feb 2011

In this LowCVP webinar, held in collaboration with WhatCar?, Michael Hurwitz Director of the Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), and Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, WhatCar?, discussed the market prospects for electric cars in 2011. The discussion took place shortly after the introduction of grants worth up to £5,000 towards the purchase of electric and hybrid cars and the arrival of high profile new models to the UK market.

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International Developments

China could beat US in efforts to roll out electric vehicles according to a new report

A new report by Accenture concludes that China's state-backed focus on electric vehicles (EVs), its domestic supplies of lithium and current battery production capability will give it a competitive advantage over the US in electric vehicles. The US' market led-approach, it says, will result in a more gradual development of new technologies.

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Climate Change News

2010 was second hottest year on record; Australia floods linked to climate change

2010 was the World's second warmest year since records began in 1850 according to the UK's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Meanwhile, Australian climate scientists said that climate change has likely intensified the monsoon rains that have triggered record floods in Australia's Queensland state.

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Events

Sustainabilitylive! 2011
24th May 2011

Sustainabilitylive!, a leading UK exhibition for sustainable innovations and solutions, will be held at the NEC from 24th – 26th May 2011.

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UK AWARE 2011
25th Mar 2011

The fourth annual green consumer show, UK AWARE on March 25 and 26 will showcase the 'Green Machines Expo'. The show takes place at Olympia and will bring together 150 exhibitors, 15,000 visitors, and over 50 guest speakers. Exhibitors will be showcasing thousands of products and services ranging from cars to computers, from fashion to food and from travel to advice services.

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LowCVP/WhatCar? webinar: Is 2011 the year when electric cars will charge the market?
10th Feb 2011

In this LowCVP webinar, held in collaboration with WhatCar?, Michael Hurwitz Director of the Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), and Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, WhatCar?, discussed the market prospects for electric cars in 2011. The discussion took place shortly after the introduction of grants worth up to £5,000 towards the purchase of electric and hybrid cars and the arrival of high profile new models to the UK market.

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Other News

The Times: Future of Transport supplement to be published 7 March 2011

The LowCVP has agreed to contribute to a publication on the sustainability of transport which will be included as a supplement to The Times newspaper on March 7. The report is close to completion and will feature editorial contributions from Boris Johnson, the Department of Transport and car designer Gordon Murray as well as from the LowCVP. There are a few advertising spaces still available in the supplement at a discount of 50-70% for LowCVP members.

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News in Brief

Nissan Leaf wins WhatCar? ultra-low carbon car of the year award (WhatCar? link)
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TSB launches a £500k competition to support feasibility studies relating to the recycling and re-use of batteries (TSB news link)
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Chrysler working with EPA on new hybrid system (Reuters news link)
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Stagecoach announces £52m investment in new bus fleet including diesel-electric hybrids (Business 7 news link)
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13 Japanese carmakers and energy companies join forces to support roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015 (Green Car Congress link)
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UK and China agree initiatives to strengthen low carbon growth (DECC news link)
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Seoul starts commercial running of electric buses (Green Car Congress link)
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New Gas Bus Alliance formed (CV Show news link)
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