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The DfT’s proposed measures includes plans to set common standards for all public charge points to ensure EV owners can easily recharge

Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to increase the convenience and availability of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints, as part of an overarching ambition to make nearly all new cars and vans zero-emission by 2040.

The Council, which was appointed at the end of September this year, will place an emphasis on Volkswagen’s ongoing electric vehicle portfolio production

Volkswagen pumps €20m into Sustainability Council and low-carbon aspirations

Volkswagen has this week continued its brand rebuilding process in the wake of dieselgate, by announcing a new €20m fund to finance projects related to lowering carbon emissions a meeting emissions regulations post-2025.

BEIS Secretary Greg Clark hopes that extending the scheme will not only increase demand for electric fleets, but also encourage new entrants into the commercial EV market

BEIS adds £4m to Plug-In Van grant to encourage electric fleets

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that the Government has opened up a £4m avenue for businesses to switch their large trucks and vans to electric models through the Plug-In Van grant.

NEVS acquired the main assets of the former Saab Automobile company after it shut down earlier this year

Saab owner prepares to roll out 250,000 EVs

Saab's successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.

The fall in battery prices is an essential component of the growing popularisation of EVs, with a very steep drop in prices to around €250 per kWh in 2015

Europe poised for electric car boom as sales surge towards half a million

Europe will have more than 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016 thanks to technology advancements, a rapid fall in the price of batteries and successful European Union (EU) policy enablers, a new report has revealed.

The Mayor today joined pupils at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark, a traffic hot spot that would be included in the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion

Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.

More than 70 experts quantified the models listed in the report, claiming that a 2C pathway to limit global warming would require an “exceptional and enduring effort”

World Energy Council: Energy demand to peak at 2030 as part of 'grand transition'

Disruptive trends and technology, such as the rise of renewables and the electrification of the transport sector, will create a "fundamentally new world" for the energy industry, which would see energy demand and fossil fuel use peak before 2030.

The announcement arrives just days ahead of a rumoured decision on airport expansion at either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Gatwick pioneers CO2-saving green taxi scheme

Gatwick Airport has announced a ground-breaking deal with its on-airport taxi company to reduce emissions by 75% per journey by 2020 using alternatively-fuelled vehicles, as part of the Airport's overarching strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

edie rounds-up what vehicle manufacturers, both established and disruptive, have unveiled as part of a global transition to cleaner transport

Paris Motor Show: Manufacturers gear-up for an EV arms race

The opening weekend of the Paris Motor Show showcased the sector's developing evolution towards a low-carbon and electrified state, as companies such as Renault, Mercedes and the 'dirty man' of the sector Volkswagen introduce new concepts.

Costain states that a successful implementation could lead to a large-scale deployment included in the future infrastructure development plans of the west London region

Costain launches UK vehicle-to-grid project

Construction and civil engineering firm Costain has announced it is investigating the business case for the development of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy infrastructure in London, in the same week that it completed a study on the role of alternative-fuelled vehicles in creating on-site and supply chain carbon reductions.

Although sales and the use of electric vehicles are increasing, they still only make up 0.15% of Europe’s car fleet and only 1.2% of total passenger car sales in the EU

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.

The storage facility will deliver primary control reserve power necessary to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable

BMW opens energy storage facility built from used EV batteries

German car manufacturer BMW has announced the completion of a new utility-scale energy storage facility, which uses 2,600 worn electric vehicle (EV) battery modules to stabilise the grid and reduce the impact of peak demand.

As a generation, millennials are willing to try new things, challenge processes, and think differently about the future, Nissan's survey shows

Millennials are on-board with the EV transition, survey finds

The majority (53%) of millennials would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) within the next 10 years, or already own one, whilst three-quarters see switching to an eco-friendly car as the single best action to drive a more sustainable future.

All of the largest car manufacturers currently exceed pollution limits for diesel models, but these brands are increasingly embracing EVs as part of a low-carbon transition

One year on from Dieselgate: Has anything changed?

On the one-year anniversary of Volkswagen's corporate abasement (VW) for cheating emissions tests, a damning report has revealed that the German carmaker is in fact selling the least-polluting diesel models among all major manufacturers.

The low-carbon transformation of transport would have to be accompanied by a decarbonisation of the power sector to ensure the EVs are truly emissions free

'Paradigm shift' to electric vehicles required to meet global climate targets

Zero-emission vehicles will need to hold a dominant automotive market share by 2035 for the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5C to be truly achievable, research group Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has claimed.

The new Europcar fleet will allow employees to get to and from branches without expending any emissions

Europcar snaps up largest UK order of Renault electric cars

French car manufacturer Renault has delivered its biggest UK order of electric vehicles (EVs) to date, after agreeing to supply 55 all-electric Renault ZOEs to rental company Europcar for its car hire service throughout major UK cities.

JLR plans to use the technology pioneered in its new racing vehicle to influence the development of the next generation of electric road vehicles

Jaguar unveils Formula E vehicle as reports surface of an electric SUV rollout

British automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed the design for its upcoming Formula E racing car, while reports have also surfaced suggesting that a fully-electric SUV could be in the pipeline.

The London Taxi Company is investing £300m in bringing a UK-built, zero-emissions-capable taxi to UK and international markets by 2018

London's black cab drivers are ready to go green

London's taxi drivers are seemingly ready and willing to help tackle London's air quality crisis as a new survey reveals that 80% of them are interested in switching to new ultra-low emission vehicles for their work.

The companies aims to explore the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles in the run up to the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) introduction

Uber and Nissan launch three-month electric vehicle trial in London

Automotive giant Nissan has announced a new partnership with car hailing service Uber on a new electric vehicle (EV) project to help tackle air pollution in London, on the same day that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was urged to impose mandatory carbon reduction plans on London's transport fleets.

Tesla Motors has unveiled a new battery pack for the performance versions of its Model S and X cars that extends the range ramps up acceleration speeds

Tesla wins approval to buy SolarCity, unveils high-energy model S battery

It's been a good week for Tesla chief executive Elon Musk after the electric vehicle (EV) giant's merger with SolarCity was approved and the firm unveiled a new EV battery which makes the Model one of the fastest production cars in the world.

The new eROT prototype system will offer potential fuel savings of 0.7 litres per kilometre and cut CO2 emissions by three grams per kilometre

Audi's new shock absorber prototype generates electricity while you drive

Car manufacturer Audi is currently working on a new damper prototype that will convert kinetic energy from driving over potholes and bumps in the road into electricity.

Nissan's research coincides with the launch of numerous alerts across London that notify residents during the worst doses of air pollution

Nissan data reveals spike in public awareness over air pollution

Electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has revealed that UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased by 750% in the last ten years, in the same week that that the Mayor of London's air quality alerts were introduced at transport hotspots across the capital.

The MIT team admits the limited range of battery-powered electric vehicles is a major barrier to entry

Electric cars could drive the future - but not without old-fashioned vehicles

Electric cars could take over most driving necessities tomorrow, according to a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but they'll need the help of internal combustion engines to do it.

Able to reach 0-100km/h in less than five seconds, the near-silent BladeGlider uses advanced display systems to highlight current speed, battery charge and regeneration modes

Nissan unveils world's first bio-ethanol electric vehicle and zero-emission sports car

Low-emission vehicle specialist Nissan has unveiled the world's first fuel-cell powered vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol power, which also has an unprecedented cruising range of more than 600km, as well as a new sports car model.

Currently, around 12% of the conventionally-fuelled ground fleet is being replaced by these new fuel-mix vehicles

UPS reaches one billion miles target for 'Rolling Laboratory' green fleet one year early

Logistics company UPS has revealed it has passed the one billion miles milestone for its "Rolling Laboratory" of electric, natural gas, biofuel and hybrid delivery trucks one year ahead of schedule.

Nissan's Env200 and Leaf models being charged in a car park. The carmaker is the most successful EV manufacturer in the UK mainstream vehicle market

EV charging stations will overtake petrol stations by 2020

There will be more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations than petrol stations in the UK within four years, according to Japanese carmaker Nissan.

The Energy Saving Trust is aiming to drive change in the way business thinks about their transport options

Five fuel efficiency myths steering businesses towards £1bn fleet losses

Misconceptions about how to reduce fuel costs is causing as much as £1bn in unnecessary fleet management costs per year and resulting in needless emissions for English business, according to new research.

An aerial shot of the Gigafactory, Tesla's £3.8bn, 3,200-acre battery-manufacturing plant that has already begun production but will not be fully operational until around 2020

Seven things you probably didn't know about Tesla's gigantic Gigafactory

Out in the Nevada desert, business magnate Elon Musk has officially opened the doors to Tesla's $5bn (£3.8bn) Gigafactory, which will act as the foundation for a substantial growth in production for the firm's electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

The four reports layout how cities, storage and transport form fundamental pillars to drive innovation and sustainable growth

What will the green economy look like in 10 years' time? Experts predict cleantech trends...

By 2026, the global adoption of a low-carbon economy will have taken huge strides, with smart city revenues and energy storage deployment skyrocketing, and the number of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on the roads also increasing at impressive rates.

Musk has unveiled “part deux” of Tesla’s master plan that shifts the company mantra beyond car production and towards the sustainable energy sphere

Elon Musk unveils 'part deux' of the Tesla master plan

Disruptive manufacturer Tesla has unveiled a new four-step "master plan" that will see the company branch out from the development of electric vehicles (EV) in order to become an organisation that delivers a "sustainable energy economy".

New legislation includes emission standards for cars, vans and - for the first time in Europe - trucks

Vehicle emissions standard forms 'centrepiece' of EU's low-carbon vision

A new legislative proposal from the European Union (EU) that creates binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors will hinge on the ability to accelerate low-carbon technology and fuels in the automotive industry.

The firm highlighted a commitment to conserve and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), with CO2 emissions falling from the previous year by 2.8%

How Kia is using carbon capture technology to reduce production emissions

South Korean car manufacturer Kia has demonstrated its commitment to develop carbon capture and regeneration technologies as the company attempts to significantly reduce emissions in its production process, as revealed in its latest CSR report.

Branson is no stranger to the EV concept, as his DS Virgin Racing team has formed an integral part of the E Championship since its inception in 2014

Every car on the road will be electric within 15 years, says Richard Branson

The rise of electric vehicles (EV) as a mainstream automotive option gained more traction this week, after Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, predicted that within 15 years "every car on the road will be electric".

Look, no hands: 34% of 18 to 24-year-olds would join a driverless car membership scheme, but just 18% of 35 to 44-year-olds would be receptive to the idea. Photo: Volvo

One in four Brits would sign up to a driverless car membership scheme, survey finds

With the phenomenon of the semi-autonomous vehicle steadily growing in popularity, a new survey has found that a quarter of UK citizens would sell their vehicle in favour of signing up to a driverless car subscription.

Of the 10,000 parts that GM uses to build its vehicle portfolio, 95% have to be recyclable as part of new legislation that the company introduced in January 2015

General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'

EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".

BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that disruptive business models will help to decentralise the world's energy systems

Internet of Things paves way for connected cars of the future, says BT's sustainability chief

The automotive industry has the power to become a lynchpin of the 'Internet of things' (IoT) phenomenon, connecting cars with homes and transforming the way we use and store energy, BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne has said.

The London race will see high-profile manufacturers Audi Sport and Renault e.dams battle it out for the championship

"Pushing boundaries in sustainability": Formula E set to electrify London

The second season of the FIA Formula E Championship is headed for a nail-biting finale in London next weekend (2 3 July) that will decide the champion of the world's first all-electric single-seater series event.

The group’s main priorities will be to establish and secure a long-term regulatory environment for emerging transport technologies that complement existing vehicles

REA to support ultra-low emission vehicles through new sector group

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has unveiled a new sector group to represent members across the transport, energy and technology sectors as part of a wider effort to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicle uptake in the UK.

The cost of energy generation from onshore wind and solar will fall by 41% and 60% respectively, but more investment in renewables will be needed to reach long-term climate goals

Why the world's energy system WON'T achieve the 2C climate change target without serious investment

By the year 2040, renewables will finally have won the global energy race. The prices of coal and gas will have dropped significantly, but this will not derail the decarbonisation of our energy systems - with zero-emission energy sources making up 60% of installed capacity.

Westminster City Council has installed new charging infrastructure to supplement the increase in EVs, which are available to Zipcar members for a £7 hourly rate

Westminster set for electric vehicle boon with new car sharing scheme

Westminster City Council has today (7 June) unveiled a new car sharing scheme that will offer 40 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to car club members at a cost-competitive price, with new charging infrastructure also added to boost the initiative.

Nissan began integrating renewable energy sources in Sunderland in 2005 when the company installed its first wind turbines on site

Nissan switches on solar farm at largest European plant in Sunderland

Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has completed the installation of a 4.75MW solar farm in Sunderland - its biggest manufacturing plant in Europe - which along with other renewable sources will generate enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year.

Could the torpedo fish light up cities? Could birdhouses clean the air?

Fish powered LEDs and vertical farms from space: the best green innovations of the week

In a week that saw renewable installations celebrate its most decorated year yet, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could push renewables to dizzying new heights as part of the low-carbon revolution.

Some of the vehicle's aerodynamic features have already been implemented on Volvo Trucks' series-produced vehicles, and more of its solutions may be fitted in the future

Volvo's innovative concept truck cuts fuel consumption by 30%

Heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer Volvo Group has developed a new concept truck which can make 30% savings in fuel consumption, with the vehicle forming part of a five-year long research project aiming to improve the efficiency of long-haul transportation by 50%.

UEFA has has committed to developing an innovative and pragmatic approach to reduce the environmental impact of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament

Nissan vows to 'electrify' the UEFA Champions League Final

Global car manufacturer Nissan will supply more than 100 electric vehicles (EVs) to UEFA and associated sponsors and install 17 public EV rapid chargers in Milan and its surrounding airports during the UEFA Champions League Final weekend.

The Queen's Speech underlined the Government's commitment to tackling climate change and revealed plans to increase investment in green transport

Queen's Speech: UK will be at 'forefront' of climate action and green transport

The Queen's Speech today (18 May) underlined Government commitments to tackle climate change and unveiled plans to boost new forms of low-carbon transport - including "pioneer driverless cars".

Tesla's UK & Ireland director George Ell was speaking at sustainability conference in Leeds last week

Convenience and customisation will shape electric cars of the future, says Tesla's UK director

Car clubs will soon be a thing of the past, driven out of the market by customisable electric vehicles (EVs) that can autonomously drive directly to their owners within minutes and take them to destinations cheaper than any other form of transport.

The funding forms part of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) support scheme, which aims to ‘green’ fleets by introducing hydrogen models

UK Government aims to triple hydrogen vehicle numbers with £2m funding pot

The UK Government's vision to ensure that almost all cars on the roads by 2050 are zero-emission reached another milestone on Tuesday (10 May), after a £2m funding pot aimed at tripling the number of hydrogen vehicles in the UK was revealed.

The V2G trials, which Nissan hopes to extend across Europe, could generate up to 180MW of electricity capacity if all 18,000 Nissan EVs in the UK were connected to the network

Nissan revs up for 'decade of disruption' with UK's first vehicle-to-grid energy storage system

Japanese carmaker and leading electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan is "turning science fiction into science fact" with a groundbreaking new scheme that will turn allow consumers to sell energy stored by Nissan Leaf cars back to the National Grid.

Musk believes educating the public on the low-carbon agenda is essential in reeling back the fossil fuel industry’s ability to influence political decisions

Elon Musk: Politicians taking 'easy path' with fossil fuel subsidies

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the "unrelenting and enormous" lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global "revolt" may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.

(L-R): London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservatives); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

London mayoral election: The green policy showdown

With the race to enter City Hall drawing to a conclusion on Thursday (5 May), edie rounds up the environmental credentials and ambitions of the five main candidates bidding to be the next Mayor of London.

VW’s first all-electric car will be operational by 2020, and will act as a “hallmark” alongside the Porsche Mission E, and Audi’s e-tron quattro concept car

Electric cars to become 'hallmark' of VW's portfolio

Automotive giant Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled new transformative outlines for its future projections, which will see the company make electric vehicles (EVs) its new "hallmark", in an attempt to rectify the recent emissions-rigging scandal.

Volvo's Drive me London scheme will be one of the first trials of its kind to have real families driving AD vehicles on public roads

Volvo's driverless cars are heading for London to reduce pollution

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Cars has revealed it will be trialling an ambitious autonomous driving (AD) system in the UK next year, representing the "largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain's streets".

Volvo last year announced a new strategy which aims for electrified vehicles to account for 10% of its total car sales by 2019

Volvo targets a million EV cars by 2025

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has announced a commitment to sell a total of one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 through the introduction of a new range of plug-in hybrids and its first all-electric model.

The report suggests that low-carbon mobility would reduce demand for oil, leading to lower global oil prices

UK could save billions by embracing low-carbon transport

A transition to low-carbon transport could reduce global spending on oil and save £232bn a year between 2020 and 2030, according to a new report from economic analysts.

The researchers claim there is now urgent need for a higher qualified workforce to avoid further skills shortages across the electric vehicle sector

Electric cars worth £51bn to UK economy 'if Government acts now'

The UK Government will lose out on major economic benefits unless it makes a significant investment in upgrading the nation's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and upskilling the motor industry, an independent academic report will warn this week.

The new Tesla Model 3 will travel twice as far as similar price-range competitor vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 off a single charge

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils highly-anticipated 'affordable' electric car

UPDATED:Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk reveals that pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.

Zac Goldsmith's new Transport Manifesto is a 'concrete, costed, coherent strategy' to drive a clean air revolution in the capital

Zac Goldsmith promises 'clean air revolution' in Transport Manifesto

Zac Goldsmith will kick-start a 'clean air revolution' if elected London Mayor by cleaning up the capital's bus and taxi fleet, aiming for all new cars in London to be zero emission by 2030, and introducing a Boris Bike equivalent for electric cars, according to his Transport Manifesto.

The Formula One technology could reduce the weight of steel components in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf by more than half

How Formula One technology could drive vehicle emissions reductions

The UK Government has announced new funding of £38m to support emissions reduction schemes across the automotive industry, including an innovative project which harnesses Formula One (F1) technology to make family cars lighter and plug-in vehicles go further.

According to the report, both General Motors and Ford are at ‘notable risk’ of incurring emissions penalties in both the UK and the US

Emission impossible: Ford and General Motors 'at risk of losing billions in emissions penalties'

US car giants Ford and General Motors are at risk of losing $1.8bn for non-compliance on their fleet emissions after regulations were tightened in the wake of the Volkswagen (VW) diesel scandal.

If elected London Mayor, Sian Berry will immediately move to tighten up standards for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone by exercising a ban on idling for parked vehicles

Green Party targets zero-emission vehicles to tackle London's air quality crisis

"Half-hearted" efforts to tackle air pollution in London would be replaced with a fully-integrated, zero-emission fleet of public transport vehicles and elevated congestion charges if the Green Party's Mayoral candidate Sian Berry is able to realise her capital-wide vision.

Policy Exchange’s proposal would be the equivalent of increasing fuel duty by 1p per litre

New diesel tax would generate £500m and accelerate the switch to clean transport

New road tax implementations, aimed specifically at diesel vehicles, could generate more than £500m to fund a diesel car scrappage scheme that would ease manufacturing pressures associated with the consumer transition to electric vehicles, a think tank has claimed.

The new EV energy storage technology has been described as a

Nissan powers French office with world's largest EV battery storage system

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan will power its regional office in France with energy generated from its electric vehicles, by deploying the world's largest grid-integrated battery storage unit in a building.

Tesla’s rise to the top could be set to accelerate further, with the company's ethos seemingly beginning to shift from performance and range to price

Tesla's Model S leapfrogs Nissan's Leaf as top choice for new EVs

Electric vehicle (EV) pioneer Tesla has become the most popular brand for new EV buyers as new figures reveal that annual sales of its Model S rose by more than 50% in 2015, while sales of the Nissan Leaf dropped by 30%.

BNEF predicts that the cost of EVs will fall as driving ranges and charging infrastructures increase

Electric cars will represent 35% of all car sales by 2040

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) look set to sky-rocket over the next 25 years with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicting that, by 2040, they will represent 35% of all new car sales.

Honda aims to up the percentage of its electric vehicle production from 5% to 65%

Honda to electrify two-thirds of its vehicle portfolio by 2030

Honda has responded to increasingly rigid emissions regulations by pledging to make 'new-energy' and electric vehicles account for two-thirds of its portfolio by 2030.

GM’s Global Propulsion Systems division is placing an increased focus on the development of fuel cells and electric battery systems

General Motors re-brands engineering arm to reflect era of EVs

General Motors (GM) is dedicating more than 4,000 employees to the development of new fuel cell and battery technologies as part of a manufacturing shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs).

TfL has announced numerous initiatives over the last few years aimed at streamlining London’s traffic issues while simultaneously lowering emissions and pollution

London streets set for green transformation with TfL trials

An intelligent solar-powered street,a noise-absorbing green wall and an electric vehicle delivery service are among the innovative sustainability schemes that have been awarded Future Streets Incubator funding by Transport for London (TfL).

Aston Martin's Andy Palmer and LeEco's Ding Lei have committed to bringing the RapidE EV concept to market by 2018

Aston Martin adds touch of luxury to EV market with 'RapidE' concept

Luxury sportscar manufacturer Aston Martin is set roll-out a new electric vehicle (EV) concept that incorporates smart technology with low-emitting battery and powertrain capabilities.

Smoother roads will reduce emissions, says a study by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association

Auto industry pushes £500bn road maintenance plan as 'green' initiative

Europe's car industry has suggested that the continent's entire road network be resurfaced at a cost of hundreds of billions of euros as a "climate initiative" so that it does not need to make mandatory car emissions cuts by 2030.

Renault's first production electric van, the Kangoo Z.E. The number of green vans is increasing at a rate of 14.3% a year

0.01% of Britain's vans are ultra-low emission - FoI figures

Despite the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) on Britain's roads continuing to increase year-on-year, 'green' vans represent just 0.01% of light goods vehicles on the road, according to new analysis from insurance provider Direct Line for Business.

Tesla are offering free charging appliances for car owners, while Google begin tests on wireless charging EVs

Tesla and Google lead the way in electric vehicle infrastructure push

Global innovators Tesla and Google have announced plans to accelerate the growth of commercial electric vehicles (EVs) by launching new schemes aimed at increasing the infrastructure options available to consumers.

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EVs are stable energy storage asset, says Innovate UK

Innovate UK has brushed aside ongoing fears around using electric and plug-in vehicles as an energy storage facility, insisting they present a "car park of energy storage" for UK network companies after 2025.

All the projects have received financial backing from industry in addition to Government funding

Britain's driverless cars prospect receives £20m funding boost

Eight R&D projects will share £20m of Government funding to help them develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

The new pods will be adapted to navigate the surrounding streets of Greenwich

London's first zero-emission driverless cars based on Heathrow 'pods'

Heathrow Airport has announced a new collaboration with a sports car developer and an autonomous solutions company to engineer new zero-carbon, fully autonomous, battery-operated carrier pods to act as shuttles around the streets of Greenwich.

Orders can still be made on hybrid-vehicles before the end of February and will still qualify for the full grant even if they are not delivered and paid for by November this year

Hybrid sales expected to surge ahead of subsidy cuts

The UK Government's decision to halve the subsidy rates given to hybrid vehicles has created a wave of increased interest in hybrid models ahead of the March deadline, Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has claimed.

The winning cities will deliver the rollout of a variety of cutting edge technologies to support the growth of plug-in cars

London and Bristol make the cut for £40m 'green car revolution'

The cities of Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London are set to welcome an array of green vehicle technologies and innovations after winning a share of a new £40m fund from the Government to support the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) across the UK.

Funding was awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a decade long, £1bn partnership between the government and the automotive industry

Government pledges £75m for low-carbon vehicle projects

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced £75m of funding for five new low-carbon and energy efficient automotive technologies in its continued effort to promote growth and increase jobs in the sector.

The all-electric Nissan Leaf costs just two pence per mile to run

Brompton Bicycle turns over new Leaf with Nissan partnership

UK-based folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle has launched a new salary-sacrifice car leasing scheme for employees, with the all-electric Nissan Leaf proving the most popular choice.

Almost 73,000 alternatively-fuelled vehicles were sold in the UK in 2015

UK low-emission vehicles secure largest-ever market share

Sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose more than 40% in the UK last year, gaining a largest ever market share of 2.8%.

Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet and newly emerged Faraday Future are making huge strides in the industry

Longer-range electric vehicles take center stage at CES 2016

Audi, Chevrolet and Volkswagen are among a host of carmakers revealing new electric vehicle (EV) prototypes at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

A £250,000 investment has seen Heathrow's fleet of 400 vehicles mixed with zero-emission cars

Heathrow goes electric with £2m EV charging pledge

Heathrow Airport has announced a £2m plan to 'go electric' with the installation of more than 135 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a bid to become Britain's most environmentally-responsible transport hub.

The Alliance confirmed that over the course of the conference the vehicles saved almost 182 barrels of oil

Electric vehicle fleet covers more than 100,000 zero emission miles at COP21

With delegates frantically negotiating a legally-binding climate deal in Paris earlier this month, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that its fleet of 200 electric vehicles saved more than 18 tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions over the two weeks.

The plug-in car grant could encourage more than 100,000 UK motorists to buy greener vehicles

Nissan and Renault back UK electric vehicle policy shift

Two of the world's largest manufacturers of hybrid and electric vehicles have backed the Department for Transport's plans to extend the plug-in car grant by at least two years.

The new Focus can deliver an 80% battery charge in around 30 minutes

Ford accelerates EV transition with $4.5bn investment

Ford is ploughing $4.5bn into electric vehicle (EV) solutions and extensions through to 2020, in an enhanced investment programme that will see 13 new EV models added to the US carmaker's portfolio.

Energy generated through charging can be stored at home or fed back into the grid

Nissan 'energy hub' cars will store and return electricity to the grid

The world's bestselling electric car manufacturer Nissan has teamed up with energy powerhouse Enel to revolutionise the EV market by allowing drivers to act as 'energy hubs' with the ability to store and send back excess electricity to the grid.

Sales of plug-in cars have increased by 716% over the past two years

1/3 of Britain's power networks could be overloaded by electric vehicle charging

Almost one third of UK local power networks could be overloaded if electric vehicles (EVs) become a mainstream motoring choice, a new study has found.

The report expects the four technologies to become mainstay power supplies across a variety of utility sectors

Goldman Sachs urges investors to target solar and wind power for optimal climate impact

Investors have been encouraged to target four key low-carbon technologies - solar photovoltaics, LED lighting, wind power and electric vehicles - as the most effective ways to tackle climate change.

Paris climate change summit: In numbers

With the Paris climate talks just days away, people are furiously hashtagging COP21 and penning open letters. In anticipation of arguably the biggest climate talks humanity has ever faced, we've put together some special numbers, with a touch of Francais.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance EVs compromised of Renault ZOEs and Nissan LEAFs will emit zero carbon while transporting delegates

Paris fitted with 90 new EV charge points ahead of COP21

The streets of Paris will be fitted with 90 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) as part of Renault-Nissan Alliance's pledge to transport delegates around the city during the upcoming UN climate talks.

Kia will attempt to improve average fuel efficiency by 25%

Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

Outside of technology, the EIC report also calls for the establishment of a statutory Air Quality Committee

EV's 'too expensive' to tackle air pollution alone, says EIC

Electric cars could be up to five times more expensive than other methods of tackling air pollution on our roads, a new report from the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has found.

The Concept is fitted with a high-capacity 60 kWh battery which can be charged wirelessly when the car is parked

VIDEO: Inside Nissan's self-driving 'EV of the future'

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled what it calls 'the future of autonomous driving and zero emissions' - a self-driving electric vehicle (EV) which generates zero emissions and minimises the potential for road accidents.

The use of the Alliance's EVs marks the first time the UN will use a zero emissions fleet at a climate summit

Zero-emission EVs to transport delegates during COP21

Nissan and Renault will provide 200 pure electric vehicles (EVs) to transport delegates during the COP21 talks in Paris from 30 November to 11 December.

The 310MW project will feature 365 wind turbines and provide almost a fifth of Kenya's installed capacity.

Google backs Africa's largest wind farm

Google has announced plans to buy a 12.5% stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya - Africa's largest wind farm.

Ford expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'

US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.

Toyota aims to have 900,000 cars powered as hydrogen, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2050

Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050

Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.

The project will latch on to existing national plans for large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as Europe aims to remove emissions from transport

Hydrogen coalition launches EU-wide EV project

Hydrogen mobility innovators from across Europe have formed a new coalition to deploy 200 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV); 125 extended-range electric vans and 29 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) in 10 EU countries.

Scotland has pumped hydro storage facilities which optimise Scotland's power network system

Scotland unveils Storage Network to harness power of renewables

Industry body Scottish Renewables has taken steps to complement and improve the country's growing renewables sector by launching a new Storage Network.

The sixty mile round trip cost drivers around £1.50 compared to £9 for a petrol-powered journey.

Scotland hosts first electric car rally

Sixty electric cars took part in a rally between Stirling and Glasgow over the weekend to celebrate the launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) subsidy.

In many developed countries, transport is the only sector where emissions are still rising

Nissan plans to build 'fuel station of the future'

Japanese car-maker Nissan has announced it is developing a concept for the 'fuel station of the future', in a new collaboration with architects Foster + Partners.

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