DEFINITION: A vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system to sense its environment and guide itself without human conduction. An autonomous vehicle is also known as a ‘driverless’ or ‘self-driving’ car.
UK Government injects £3m into vehicle-to-grid trials
A consortium of energy firms and network operators has received a £3m funding injection from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop the first large-scale UK trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging infrastructure.
Clean Growth Strategy 'not enough' to meet UK's carbon targets, climate advisers warn
Urgent action is needed to flesh out current plans in the Clean Growth Strategy in order to meet the UK's fourth and fifth carbon budgets, the Government's climate change watchdog has cautioned.
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Autonomous network project to facilitate UK electric vehicle demand
As a survey reveals that almost half of British companies are currently unwilling to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), UK Power Networks has unveiled a new initiative that could save parts of the UK £270m by 2030 by channeling spare capacity towards charging use.
Budget 2017: Chancellor takes action on air quality, electric vehicles and plastic waste
Chancellor Philip Hammond has today pledged to build an economy "fit for the future" by announcing new air quality funding, tax incentives for electric cars, and measures to combat plastic waste in his 2017 Autumn Budget.
Renault unveils 'industry-first' autonomous driving safety feature
French car maker Renault has developed an "industry first" autonomous control system that can match professional test drivers on road obstacle avoidance scenarios, bringing the car makers self-driving vision closer to reality.
Car giants launch pan-European electric vehicle charging venture
A group of the world's largest car manufacturers, including Ford, BMW and Porsche, have joined forces to develop a network of high-power charging systems across Europe, to stimulate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs).
Five-year triumph: Ultra-low emission vehicle sales in UK surge by 1,800%
Propped up by new government policies and a wider range of models, the sales and registrations of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK have grown by more than 1,800% since 2011.
Diesel tax loophole 'thwarting' Government's clean air strategy
Government efforts to improve air quality and phase-out the use of diesel vehicles are being undermined by a tax loophole that allows refrigerated lorries to use "red diesel" and pollute the highways.
Government launches proposals to boost charge points for electric vehicles
Large petrol retailers and motorway services will be required to install charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), as part of new legislation from the Government that also enables drivers of automated vehicles to gain insurance in the UK.
World petrol demand 'likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise'
World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.
Consistency and communication key to realising London's electric vehicle vision
The pledges made by the Mayor of London to transform the city into a zero-emissions capital need to be backed by policy guidance that brings car manufacturers, network operators and innovators together to ensure that the capital isn't littered with "white elephants" and "stranded assets".
Top carmakers must make 'rapid changes' or face billions in emissions fines
Major car manufacturers such as Ford, BMW and Volkswagen (VW) are on course to miss EU emissions targets and could be set to face billions in fines, according to new research.
EV100: Top firms sign up to The Climate Group's platform to accelerate EV shift
Multinational firms including Ikea, HP and Unilever are among the first 10 members of a new initiative launched by The Climate Group which aims to make electric vehicles (EVs) "the new normal" by 2030.
New long-range Nissan LEAF sparks calls for UK infrastructure upgrades
Nissan's announcement that a new Nissan LEAF model with extended driving range will go on sale in 2018 has been welcomed by energy groups, who have called on the UK to deliver new charging networks to account for demand.
Scrappage scheme signals Ford's intention to lead a business model 'revolution'
EXCLUSIVE: Ford's decision to offer a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles is part of a "menu of initiatives" that the carmaker is introducing as it attempts to lead the industry on a business model "revolution" that captures new service-based markets.
Ford becomes latest car manufacturer to offer diesel scrappage scheme
Ford is the latest high-profile car manufacturer to offer a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles, offering drivers £2,000 to trade in vehicles for newer models.
Renault EVs and battery storage used for Portuguese 'smart island' project
Automaker Renault has agreed to partner with a Portuguese utility company to transform the island of Porto Santo into a "Smart Fossil Free Island" that combines electric vehicles (EV) with renewable energy.
BP Energy Outlook: Renewables will grow five-fold by 2040
Renewable energy sources and electric vehicles are expected to be some of the biggest forces shaping the global energy transition up to 2040, according to an annual report from BP.
More than 100 UK organisations vow to place electric vehicles into fleets
The number of UK organisations that have pledged to ensure that electric vehicles (EVs) account for at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020 has passed a new milestone, after Gatwick Airport and Santander pushed the initiative beyond 100 members.
'Important milestone': National Grid eyes up ultra-rapid motorway EV charging fleet
National Grid is exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system, according to reports.
MPs form group to raise profile of electric and driverless vehicle agenda
A new cross-party group of politicians has been set up to to raise awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of electric and driverless vehicles.
First of many: DHL and Ford unveil new electric delivery van model
Delivery firm Deutsche Post DHL Group has today (16 August) kickstarted a new collaborative partnership with Ford that will place around 150 electric delivery vans into German delivery services in 2017.
Government to phase out diesel trains by 2040
The Government has made a pledge to remove all diesel-only trains form UK railways by 2040.
Auto giants launch EV-sharing platform in China
Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing (Didi) has partnered with 12 automakers, including Geely Auto and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, to launch a new app-based, electric-vehicle-sharing platform.
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Transport becomes nation's biggest polluter as UK emissions drop 5%
New figures have revealed that the UK's emissions fell by 5% in 2016, but campaigners have called for stronger action in the transport sector where emissions continued to steadily rise.
BP to install charging points for electric cars at UK petrol stations
BP will add rapid charging points for electric cars at its UK petrol stations within the next two months, in the latest sign of an oil giant adapting to the dramatic growth of battery-powered cars.
Energy storage research gets £42m Government funding
Developing a new generation of lighter and safer electric vehicle (EV) batteries is one of the first four projects be awarded funding from the Government backed Faraday Institution.
Northern smart grid project could deliver £500m energy savings
Northern Powergrid has launched an £83 million smart grid programme to future-proof its network in preparation for the rapid growth of low-carbon technologies.
London boroughs to add 1,500 electric vehicle charging points
The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) have allocated £4.5m to 25 London boroughs to roll-out 1,500 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital.
Report: Global emissions to plateau in 2030, but Paris goals out of reach
New insight from business advisors McKinsey Energy Insights has suggested that "major shifts" in the energy landscape driven by renewables and electric vehicles (EVs) will see global emissions plateau in 2030, but progress is nowhere near close to the 2 degrees Paris Agreement target.
Ford receives 'hypocrisy award' despite $11bn EV rollout
Ford has announced it is going "all in" on the electric vehicle (EV) market with an $11bn plan to rollout 40 new vehicles, but that hasn't stopped Greenpeace for delivering a "2018 Hypocrisy Award" to the carmaker for an alleged stance on fuel efficiency standards.
Landmark sector deal to make UK 'world leader' in low-carbon mobility
A new automotive sector deal between the UK Government and industry players including Ford and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will see £52.8m invested in low-carbon vehicle projects.
Driving change: How can businesses increase efficiency for a greener fleet?
Whether it's the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs), the use of telematics, or the strategic positioning of distribution centres, there is now a multitude of options available to businesses looking to reduce fleet emissions. But which is the best route to take? edie's George Ogleby investigates.
World's largest automotive alliance launches $1bn fund for future driving innovations
The world's largest automotive alliance has today (10 January), announced a new corporate venture capital fund to provide up to $1bn in investment for innovative electrification, autonomous and connectivity projects.
Van and taxi drivers offered pathway to electric vehicle transition
Drivers of old and polluting vans and taxis have been offered fast-track options and incentives to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), with revamps to licensing and a new £42m taxi fund set to increase compliance with the diesel vehicle phase-out.
London to gain additional 1,000 EV charge points
London's electric vehicle transition has moved a step closer with the news that the capital's leading charging network is ready to deploy an additional 1,000 charge points across the city.
Test bed: Deutsche Post DHL's emissions-neutral electric vehicle
In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal to make its entire logistics fleet zero emissions by 2050. The company is now testing technology to create the world's first ever "emissions-neutral" vehicle fleet.
Innovate UK backs project to boost EV range to 400 miles
In order to place the UK as a centre of excellence for battery development, a project to boost the range of electric vehicles (EV) to 400 miles and above has received £7m in funding from Innovate UK.
Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners
Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.
Heathrow increases environmental charges for aircrafts
Heathrow Airport has announced that it is increasing its environmental charges for aircrafts by 7%, as part of a move to incentivise airlines to deploy cleaner and newer aircrafts to lower emissions and noise pollution.
UK firms urged to seize £14bn electric vehicle opportunity
UK businesses could make annual fuel savings of around £14bn if all of Britain's vans and HGVs switched to electric alternatives, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital.
Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme
Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.
Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs
Heathrow Airport has revealed that it is actively collaborating with Transport for London to install seven rapid charging points for electric taxis by the end of this month, with the airport also announcing the delivery of its 50th electric vehicle (EV).
UK can deliver 12GW of battery storage with stronger policies, report finds
A new report estimates that 12GW of subsidy-free battery deployment could be possible in the UK by 2021, despite only 0.6 GW of capacity being installed and operational so far, but only if the Government learns from past failings in the solar market.
Renault's electric van to lower operational costs for London food redistribution charity
Efforts to reduce food waste across London will now also combat the city's rising air pollution levels, after Renault UK agreed to provide an electric van to a charity food redistribution scheme.
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'Aggressive adoption' will see EVs account for majority of new cars sales by 2040
As France announces an outright ban on the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) will account for more than half of new car sales by the time the French ban is enforced.
EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims
Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.
London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds
London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).
In practice: Oxford University Hospitals' money-saving CHP retrofit
Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.
Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London
Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.
Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage
A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.
UK Government backs 'virtual power plant' platform and robotics research
Battery developers Moixa has secured government funding to expand its flexible energy platform that transforms third-party batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) into "virtual power plants", while the UK Government has also unveiled an £84m fund for robotics and energy innovation.
EU accused of 'gifting' car industry with weak emission cuts goal
As evidence shows that one-third of VW cars with 'defeat devices' remain unfixed, EU policymakers have come under criticism for "gifting" the car industry with ineffective new regulation over low-emission vehicle uptake.
Policy Exchange: Government must act to stem £170bn loss in fuel duty tax receipts
The Government must consider how it will recover a forecasted £170bn hole in lost fuel duty tax receipts if the UK remains on course to hit the energy targets set out in the Fifth Carbon Budget, a new report from think tank Policy Exchange has warned.
Put 'cows alongside cars' at COP23, investors urge
With COP23 set to start in Bonn next week, an investor network is calling on developed countries to prioritise the "elephant in the room" at the UN talks, by tackling livestock sector emissions.
Nissan joins Formula E to showcase 'intelligent mobility' updates
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed its participation in next season's all-electric racing series Formula E, while also launching two new commercial electric vehicles (EVs) at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Shell fits UK forecourts with EV rapid chargers
Shell is opening a range of rapid charging service systems across its UK petrol stations, with plans already in place to deploy more charging infrastructure by the end of the year.
Oxford plans to introduce world's first zero-emission zone
Oxford has unveiled plans to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centre with an ultimate aim to deliver a zero-emission zone in 2035.
Al Gore and BMW back electric bus start-up
The corporate venture arm of BMW and the investment firm led by former US Vice President Al Gore have funnelled $55m towards Proterra, a company attempting to bring electric buses with a 350-mile range to the North American market.
Renault's new smartphone app enables EV owners to source renewables from the grid
French car manufacturer Renault will launch a smart phone app that enables electric vehicle (EV) owners to map charging times to benefit from renewable energy and lower electricity consumption prices.
Renault commits to electric and autonomous vehicles to drive sales growth
French car manufacturer Renault will tap into the electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous driving (AD) markets to help deliver annual revenues of more than €70bn by 2022, as part of the company's Drive the Future strategy.
General Motors commits to 'all-electric fleet'
General Motors (GM) has outlined a vision for an all-electric fleet which includes a two-pronged approach of developing battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Nissan's 'revolutionary' mobility plan aims to 'remove any barrier' for EV uptake
New LEAF and van models, a rollout on new public charging infrastructure and an innovative commitment to give users free access to flexible electricity sourcing were all announced as pillars in Nissan's "revolutionary mobility energy plan" to "remove any barrier" from electric vehicle use.
China sets electric vehicle quota for 2019
Automakers trying to capture a slice of the Chinese vehicle market will have to ensure that 10% of the cars they sell are electric or low-emission vehicles by 2019, after the country confirmed plans to phase-out diesel vehicles.
Sadiq Khan calls for greater powers to tackle construction pollution
Sadiq Khan has written to Defra Secretary Michael Gove to ask the Government for greater powers to tackle construction pollution, as industry experts call for urgent action to improve the state of sustainability in the UK built environment.
REA proposes national EV charging infrastructure strategy
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has put forward proposals for a new Government charging infrastructure programme, which the trade body claims could give electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a 50% share of market sales by 2025.
Dyson to invest £2bn in EV rollout
British engineering firm Dyson is set to enter the electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of a new model by 2020.
Transport sucks up nearly half of Europe's fossil fuel subsidies, report finds
European countries spend more than €112 billion per year subsidising oil, gas and coal production or consumption - including tax breaks on highly-polluting diesel - despite a pledge to phase out fossil fuels completely by 2020.
In practice: Amsterdam ArenA's EV battery storage system
Amsterdam ArenA wants to be the most innovative stadium in the world by 2020 and has already utilised numerous sustainability technologies, including the latest installment of old electric vehicles batteries as a storage system, to help with this ambition.
Electric cars accelerate past 2 million mark globally
The number of electric cars in the world accelerated past the two million barrier last year, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models.
Seven things you probably didn't know about the UK's regional carbon emissions
With air quality charges and a phase-out of older, polluting vehicles set to come into effect, edie trawls new data from the Government and vehicle finance provider Moneybarn to highlight seven surprising statistics regarding local authority efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Commons launches electric vehicle inquiry
The increased demand on the grid from the mass roll-out of electric vehicles (EVS) will be under the spotlight in a new House of Commons inquiry.
The Climate Group: Boardrooms finally grasping business case of climate action
Amid a flurry of high-profile corporate sustainability commitments, the Climate Group's chief executive has told edie that improved boardroom understanding around the business case of climate action has enabled the low-carbon agenda to flourish.
Government raises renewable fuel obligation, caps crop-based fuel use
The UK Government has confirmed that it will increase the percentage of petrol and diesel that is sourced from renewables used for vehicle use, while the use of crops in fuel production will also be capped.
Volkswagen to produce electric version of each vehicle by 2030
German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) has announced that every vehicle in its model portfolio will have an electric version on sale to customers by 2030, in a move described by the company as the "largest electromobility campaign in the automotive industry".
Nissan LEAF batteries to power up Amsterdam ArenA's energy storage system
Nissan and power management company Eaton will implement one of Europe's largest commercial energy storage systems, after striking a deal to install a 3MW system of electric vehicle (EV) batteries at the car park of the Amsterdam ArenA stadium.
Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022
Uber is adding a 35p green fee charge to all rides in London to facilitate a £150m funding pot that enables all drivers to transition to electric vehicles by 2022.
Jaguar Land Rover will only produce electric vehicles from 2020
In the same week that it accelerated a commitment to reuse aluminium from end-of-life vehicles in new products, UK automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that from 2020 all new vehicle models will be electric.
VW, Nissan and Toyota enter the UK diesel scrappage market
Automaker Nissan is offering a scrappage scheme for customers to switch to all-electric Nissan LEAFs, while fellow Japanese automaker Toyota and German manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) have also entered the diesel scrappage market.
Ministers give double boost for low-carbon road transport and aviation
The UK Government has provided a helping hand for low-carbon transport with separate funding announcements for cleaner buses and waste-based fuels for planes and lorries.
Report: UK's leadership role in green economy hinges on 'ambitious' Clean Growth Plan
The UK's leadership role in the green economy is "far from guaranteed" due to delays in the Government's Clean Growth Plan, with a new report revealing that ambitious new policies in areas such as electric vehicles (EVs) could halve the oil imports in the UK.
Audi designing solar roof for future electric vehicles
German carmaker Audi has teamed up with a solar-cell specialist to develop a solar roof which will the extend the range of its electric vehicles (EVs).
Royal Mail to kickstart electric van trials in London
The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, will trial nine large commercial electric vehicles (EVs) to deliver mail across London and the South East, with charging stations also installed by the firm at its London-based mail centre.
Self-driving delivery truck tests to 'lower emissions and fuel costs'
The driverless delivery of goods in Britain moved a step closer to reality today (25 August) as the Government gave the green light for trials of partially self-driving HGVs.
Uniting past and future: VW to create electric version of the iconic Microbus
German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) announced on Saturday (19 August) that an electric version of the Microbus model will go on sale in five years' time, more than 70 years since the design was first introduced.
Report: Cross-border rail journeys slashing emissions
A major shift in travel habits among people travelling across the Scottish border over the past decade has saved almost 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, a new report has claimed.
Hyundai pledges to build EV model with 500km range
As new figures show that the rise of renewables have slashed the carbon impact of electric vehicles (EVs) in Britain, South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has unveiled plans to strengthen its grip on the market with a new model that can go 500km on a single charge.
Rise of electric car solves little if driven by fossil fuels, warns windfarm boss
The rise of electric cars will be a pyrrhic victory for the environment if they are powered by fossil fuels instead of renewables, according to the UK boss of the world's biggest offshore windfarm developer.
The employers’ guide to smart meters and energy efficiency awareness at work and at home
This document provides guidance and materials for running an energy efficiency awareness campaign at work, including practical advice to employees on how they can benefit from getting a smart meter and saving energy at home.
Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals
Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.
Policymakers must embrace technology to deliver sustainable transport systems, says PwC
New planning models which adopt collaborative and tech-savvy approaches are required to create future sustainable and connected transport systems, according to a new report from PwC.
UPS logistics service drives resource efficiency for TerraCycle
Recycling experts TerraCycle has diverted more than 40m pounds of waste from landfills since 2012, through a partnership with global customs and logistics firm UPS that has expanded recycling programmes across the globe.
Energy industry must embrace '3D transition' to sustainable future, say former Big Six bosses
Britain's 'Bix Six' utility companies must rapidly adapt and find a new role in an energy system which is undergoing the "3D transition" of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation, a new report by industry experts has concluded.
Businesses must adapt sustainable finance models to prepare for innovation flood, says Interserve
Businesses must prepare for a "flood" of technological advances by adjusting the way they assess the non-financial impacts of low-carbon investments, according to construction firm Interserve's head of sustainability and group finance director Tim Haywood.
Model 3 launch: Everything you need to know about Tesla's mass-market electric car
As Tesla hands over the keys to the first customers of its new Model 3, edie rounds up the reported techs, specs and futuristic features of the electric car which looks set to revolutionise the global automotive industry.
Air Quality Plan: Diesel and petrol cars banned by 2040, £255m to tackle pollution blackspots
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today unveiled the Government's long-awaited Air Quality Plan, which includes a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 and a £255m fund to help councils crack down on emissions.