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LowCVP News - 22 December 2010 - Season's greetings! Issue 76

DfT announces £5k grant-eligible electric vehicles and more 'plugged-in places'

The Department for Transport has announced nine electric vehicle models which will be eligible for £5,000 grants from January 1 2011. The Government has also announced the successful bidders in the second phase of the 'Plugged-in Places' initiative which will see the introduction of new networks of electric vehicle recharging facilities in selected locations.

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Policy Developments

EU agrees deal for emissions cuts from vans

The European Union has reached a deal which sets emissions limits for the entire van fleet to be reached by 2017 and 2020. Under the agreement, the average new van sold in the EU in 2017 will be required to emit 175g CO2/km or less, and 147g CO2/km in 2020.

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Cancun Climate Summit reaches deal but opinions divided about its effectiveness

The UK Government welcomed the climate change agreement reached at the Cancun Summit which achieved a consensus on the way forward on a range of issues. Opinions were mixed, however, about the effectiveness of the agreements.

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Reports & Studies

Committee on Climate Change proposes 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The Committee on Climate Change has called for the widespread development and deployment of low carbon vehicles leading to a 45% reduction in emissions from surface transport by 2030. The Committee's fourth carbon budget which is mandated under the UK's Climate Change Act says that the UK should aim for an overall 60% cut in emissions by 2030.

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Germany's utility industry says recharging one million EVs in 2020 will not cause grid problems

Germany's utility industry believes that the federal government's objective of having a million electric vehicles on the country's roads by 2020 would not pose any problems for the electricity grid.

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Technology News

TSB invites applications for funding to support low carbon vehicle innovation

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to a further £9 million to support innovations in low carbon vehicle technology and is inviting applications for funding of new collaborative research and development projects and feasibility studies.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP members invited to submit opinion articles, job adverts to LowCVP newsletter and website

LowCVP members are reminded that they are invited to submit ideas for short articles to appear in the LowCVP's monthly newsletter and appear on an 'open space' section on the website. LowCVP members may also advertise relevant job vacancies through the same channels.

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Follow the LowCVP on Twitter

Follow the LowCVP on Twitter and keep up with the latest low carbon vehicle and fuel developments and announcements while on the go. The LowCVP's new Twitter feed is regularly updated and will provide followers with a bite-sized 'heads-up' when there are relevant policy developments, launches, reports, events etc.

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'Feebates - an effective policy tool for driving low carbon vehicle adoption?' - LowCVP webinar, view again

John German of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) presented findings of the ICCT's study into the effectiveness of 'feebate' schemes at a LowCVP-hosted webinar on 16 December. The webinar and presentation are now available to anyone who missed the live event.

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LowCVP project activity - update

The LowCVP is working in several key areas to help accelerate the low carbon shift. Current priorities include: low carbon HGVs; local transport authorities and low carbon buses; light commercial and vans purchasing behaviour; car buyer attitudes and behaviour.

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International Developments

Paris plans 'Autolib' electric car hire scheme

Paris has announced plans for the introduction of an innovative electric car scheme, to be introduced in Autumn 2011, which will see 3,000 bubble-shaped battery electric cars stationed at 1,000 self-service hire points across he city and its suburbs.

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Commission launches website to help consumers choose energy-efficient vehicles

The European Commission has launched a website to help public authorities and consumers choose the best available energy-efficient vehicle.

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Other News

Climate Week: One week to show how we can combat climate change - 21 to 27 March 2011

Thousands of events and activities, highlighting the positive steps being taken to help combat climate change, are being planned by organisations from every sector for the UK's first Climate Week.

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European low emission vehicle project seeks survey input and other participation

Clean Drive, a European project aimed at increasing take-up of low emission vehicles, is seeking the input of LowCVP newsletter readers to an online survey of stakeholder attitudes and views. The survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be used to inform how the project's work programme will progress.

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Events

Challenge Bibendum - 18-22 May 2011, Berlin
18th May 2011

Michelin's 11th Challenge Bibendum will take place at Berlin's Airport Tempelhof on 18-22 May 2011. The event will showcase a large exhibition of low carbon vehicles, fuels and related technologies. 4,000 stakeholders are expected to attend the event including representatives of governments, universities, NGOs and the vehicle industry.

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Racing to a Clean-Tech Future - MIA 5th European Cleaner Racing Conference
12th Jan 2011

The MIA's 5th European Cleaner Racing Conference at Autosport International features a range of low carbon innovations which aims to showcase the capability of motorsports companies to deliver innovations to mainstream automotive OEM’s as the latter seek to develop and deliver ‘low carbon’ solutions.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/372.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/372.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: Allied Vehicles" width="116"> </a><h4 style="font-size:14pt;letter-spacing: -1px; margin: 0; padding: 0;"><a style="color:#6193AA;" href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/372/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/372/bulletin/">Allied Vehicles</a></h4></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr> <tr><td style="padding:20px 10px 0;"><h3 style="color: #6193AA;font-size:16pt;padding: 0 0 0 0px;margin: 0;letter-spacing:-1px;"><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/bullet_h.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/bullet_h.gif"> News in Brief</h3><table> <tbody><tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/vauxhall-ampera-priced-at-28-995/254555" _cke_saved_href="http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/vauxhall-ampera-priced-at-28-995/254555" target="_none">Vauxhall Ampera to cost £28,995 after £5k Government grant subsidy (WhatCar? news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/Content/Detail.aspx?ClientId=202&NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=416935&SubjectId=36" _cke_saved_href="http://nds.coi.gov.uk/clientmicrosite/Content/Detail.aspx?ClientId=202&NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=416935&SubjectId=36" target="_none">Lin Homer is new Permanent Secretary at Department for Transport (COI announcement)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.stagecoachgroup.com/scg/media/press/pr2010/2010-12-02/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.stagecoachgroup.com/scg/media/press/pr2010/2010-12-02/" target="_none">Stagecoach to invest £2.3m in hybrid buses in Scotland (Stagecoach press release)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/17653.aspx" _cke_saved_href="www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/17653.aspx" target="_none">Mayor announces start of operation of hydrogen buses in London and largest hydrogen filling station (TfL news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoinnovation2010/2nd_forum/" _cke_saved_href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoinnovation2010/2nd_forum/" target="_none">EC set to increase funding to promote eco-innovation (Europa news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.ashwoods.org/blog/announcements/18112010-ashwoods-ranked-no-1-in-the-cleantech-connect-top-25-fastest-growing-companies-in-europe/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.ashwoods.org/blog/announcements/18112010-ashwoods-ranked-no-1-in-the-cleantech-connect-top-25-fastest-growing-companies-in-europe/" target="_none">Ashwoods ranked top of Europe's fastest growing 'clean-tech' companies table (Ashwoods press release)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; 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