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LowCVP celebrates UK’s pacesetting adoption of low emission buses at LCV2016

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Delegates at Cenex-LCV2016 (Sept 14-15) -   the UK’s largest technology showcasing and networking event for the low carbon vehicle community - were transported in some of the latest examples of low emission bus technology which are now being adopted in large numbers by UK operators, thanks to an initiative by the LowCVP. 

Eight vehicles, exciting examples of the latest low emission bus technology - including parallel diesel hybrids, flywheel hybrid, biomethane and full electric buses - were in operation at the event, transporting delegates from the parking area to the main event. 

On arrival at the show, delegates were able to visit the LowCVP’s Low Emission Bus Showcase and to meet leading representatives from the LowCVP’s bus community including Volvo Bus, Scania and Optare. 

Although older technology buses have historically contributed up to two-thirds of NOx emissions in the most densely trafficked areas, 40% of new buses sold in 2015 met the exacting requirements for low carbon qualification.  The UK’s success in rapidly transforming the UK bus market from a significant part of the emissions problem to being a vital component of the solutions for clean mobility, is a demonstration of effective collaboration between technology developers and policy makers. 

The development of robust assessment processes such as the LowCVP’s Low Emission Bus Test (to show how the Euro VI emissions systems deliver real world benefits), and the introduction of government support schemes (with LowCVP advice and support) such as the revision to the BSOG incentive1 and the series of Green Bus Funds, have been important building blocks in this process. 

The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said: “Maintaining our ability to move around in increasingly congested towns and cities is more critical today than ever before. With road transport responsible for around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and up to 60% of roadside NOx pollution in many cities around the UK, the introduction of cleaner, low emission buses is a key component -  and a good example - of how we can achieve a low emission transport future.” 

The LowCVP was also a collaborator in the UK Pavilion at LCV2016. The Pavilion – a major new initiative from funding and policy-supporting bodies associated with the UK Government – was a showcase for the entire UK innovation support ecosystem, from academia and research support through to commercialisation and mainstream adoption. It aims to demonstrate the Government’s continued commitment to innovation and growth in the automotive industry in the UK. 

Participants who exhibited on the UK Pavilion included: Advanced Propulsion Centre and its Spokes Communities; Automotive Council; Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV); The Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC); Innovate UK; Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP); Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). 

For more information about the UK Pavilion, see the APC’s press release 

 



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