Autonomous vehicle

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.

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Some oil firms, such as Shell, believe the peak could come in the early 2030s or potentially even late 2020s due to growth in cars powered by biofuels and batteries

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.

Panelists discussed how the uptake of EVs would impact networks, services and consumers

Consistency and communication key to realising London's electric vehicle vision

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Many businesses already utilising fleet management and telematics technology have reported fuel savings of as much as two gallons per vehicle per day

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The majority of carmakers will face penalties of €95 for every gram of CO2 above the limit, multiplied by the number of cars they sell in 2020

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.

The founding members of EV100 are setting a competitive challenge to the auto industry to deliver more EVs, sooner and at lower cost, the Climate Group's chief executive Helen Clarkson said

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.

The new LEAF will come with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to offer two-way charging to fully integrate the vehicle to send surplus energy back to the electricity grid

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.

Holycross said that Ford would “be at the table” if the UK Government decides to rollout a scrappage scheme as a nationwide policy

Scrappage scheme signals Ford's intention to lead a business model 'revolution'

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Transport Secretary Chris Graylng welcomed the announcement and urged others to implement similar initiatives

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.

Organisations such as the London Fire Brigade and Microsoft UK are already signed up to the initiative, and some firms have pushed beyond the 5% target

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.

DHL is the largest electric fleet operator in Germany, with more than 3,000 older StreetScooter models and 10,500 pedelecs currently utilised

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.

TfL claims that the London fund will support innovative new approaches, such as using lampposts as charging stations

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.

From January 2018, no more new diesel taxis will be licensed in London

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.

EV sales reached record heights in 2016, with 700,000 sold worldwide

'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.

Policy Exchange has called upon Ministers to develop a technology-neutral strategy that involves new technologies such as hydrogen and natural gas vehicles

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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.

Proterra’s latest model, the Catalyst E2, can cover 350 miles on one charge

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Decreasing costs, longer battery ranges and an increasing number of charging points are driving demand for electric vehicles

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.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association expects the first electric black cabs on London’s roads in September

TfL to spend £18m on preparing London for new electric black cabs

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The REA's latest recruit sees opportunities in the convergence of renewable energy generation with the move towards greater numbers of plug-in vehicles, especially the longer-range, affordable EVs now coming to market

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The charge points, which are rapid 50kW chargers compatible with most vehicles, will be managed by fellow Dutch firm Allego

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 City Council is considering the introduction of reduced parking fees for EVs and electric delivery vehicle-only loading areas

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.

The acquisition will see the start-up deliver a tailored app for Renault ZOE users

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.

The plan will leverage an €18bn research and development investment, which will be backed by other investments from the Renault-Nissan alliance

Renault commits to electric and autonomous vehicles to drive sales growth

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The Government has also announced the first set of winners for the second round of its connected autonomous vehicles competition

Greg Clark announces £109m fund into 'cutting-edge' transport research

Business Secretary Greg Clark has awarded more than £109m of government funding to develop driverless and low-carbon vehicles.

GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles over the next 18 months based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV

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.

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200 Chinese manufacturers built 379,000 electric and hybrid vehicles in 2015, four times more than 2014

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.

Machinery used on construction sites such as diggers and bulldozers constitute the second largest source of ultra-fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in London

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.

All new workplaces should have EV charging facilities onsite or provision to install charge points, the REA insists

REA proposes national EV charging infrastructure strategy

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Sir James Dyson said that an electric motor has been designed but the prototype is yet to be built

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British engineering firm Dyson is set to enter the electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of a new model by 2020.

The European Commission is due to present a clean transport strategy in November

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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.

Eaton and Nissan will install the xStorage Building System in the football stadium’s car park in early 2018

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The committee has set 4 November as the deadline for submissions

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.

Helen Clarkson believes that a competitive advantage can be gained by companies that sign up to global platforms such as the RE100 and EV100

The Climate Group: Boardrooms finally grasping business case of climate action

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The scheme places drivers into weekly prize draws for spa trips and supercar events, providing they can hit efficiency-related KPIs

Allianz sponsors gamification scheme to enhance efficiency for UK van fleets

The UK's second largest fleet insurer Allianz has turned to gamification to encourage higher levels of driving efficiency amongst its customers, through a new sponsored partnership Lightfoot.

The REA claims that the Government’s own Transport Energy Task Force had lobbied for a 10% ruling for the crop-based bioethanol

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.

VW confirmed that it would pursue batteries that could offer a driving range of more than 370 miles on a single charge

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".

Uber will spend the next five to 10 years looking to increase the share of low-emission vehicles in its fleet

Uber expands London EV plans, despite 'woeful' charging infrastructure

EXCLUSIVE: Uber is taking steps to overcome the "economic disincentive" of using electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet, by unveiling a new partnership with Nissan and beginning the construction of a network of chargers to combat London's "woefully inadequate" infrastructure.

Uber will roll-out the Clean Air Fund next month with a £2m investment

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.

Energy consumption at the 54,000-seater stadium surges during football matches and events. Image: Amsterdam ArenA

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.

The announcement represents a quick transition into the EV market for JLR

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.

The new offers follow recently-announced initiatives from the likes of Ford, Mercedes and Vauxhall

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.

Investment will be available for projects that produce low-carbon waste-based fuels for vehicles too heavy to use electric power

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.

Audi is aiming for almost the entire roof surface to be covered with solar cells in the future, with the generated electricity used to supply a vehicle’s air-conditioning system and seat heaters

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).

The report highlights some alarming green economy trends that need to be addressed by the long-awaited Clean Growth plan

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.

A dual power mode can be used to top up the battery, which can be re-charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes from a rapid charge point

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.

Trials are expected on major roads by the end of 2018

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.

VW is embarking on a new strategy to introduce more than 30 all-electric vehicles (EVs) into its portfolio by 2025

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.

Researchers expect further emissions savings through the introduction of the new Virgin Azuma train

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’s Ioniq model has a range of 280km and is the world’s first car with three electrified powertrains

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.

The consultation is expected to feed into a broader innovation inquiry due to be launched in the next month

MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy

MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.

Dong Energy boss says falling price of renewables means they must power the electric car revolution or the environment will gain only a pyrrhic victory

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.

Nearly nine in ten Millennials surveyed (86%) are interested in sustainable investing, compared with three-quarters of individual investors overall (75%)

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.

PwC insists that improved techniques for analysing big data have the potential to deliver better planning decisions and real-time operational outcomes that can improve sustainability

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.

While UPS has invested more than $750m in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, the latest announcement represents a strategic foray into the circular economy market

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.

A more sustainable energy system is being driven by the rapidly improving economics of renewable power, supported by cost-effective energy storage and the emergence of electric vehicles

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.

Interserve's head of sustainability and finance director Tim Haywood believes companies should look beyond the economic impacts of technology purchases to find solutions that offer wider benefits

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.

The first batch of Tesla Model 3 electric cars are being delivered to employees at the firm's factory in Fremont, California

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.

Once the extreme testing has been completed, and the product is deemed ready for sale, production could start at the new Coventry facility

Zero-emission London taxis road tested in the Arctic Circle

London Taxis have swapped the busy streets of England's capital for the icy conditions of the Arctic Circle, in order to monitor performance of new electric-engine versions of the vehicle.

The Air Quality Plan will help local authorities reduce emissions by retrofitting the most polluting diesel vehicles and changing road layouts

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.

BMW expects electric vehicles to account for between 15-25% of its car sales by 2025

'Vote of confidence' for industrial strategy as BMW plans to build electric Mini in UK

BMW's announcement that it is to build the first fully-electric version of the iconic Mini in the UK has been welcomed as a "landmark vote of confidence" for the UK's low-carbon transport sector by Business Secretary Greg Clark.

The station in Leyland can serve up to 600 HGVs daily and has certified 100% renewable gas, which qualifies for Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates

UK high-pressure gas refuelling station records substantial drop in emissions

The UK's biggest gas network operator Cadent has confirmed that the UK's first high-pressure gas refuelling station has reduced the emissions of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) used by the likes of Waitrose by 84% compared to diesel equivalents.

Biogas trials have been conducted by Wyke Farms tractors, but range is still an issue

Political barriers hampering onsite biodiesel production

EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector "scratching the surface" of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system.

The report also draws attention to the rapid expansion in renewable and distributed generation

Rise of EVs could add 18GW to peak demand by 2050

The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) could add up to 18GW - or 30 per cent - to peak power demand by 2050, National Grid has predicted in its latest Future Energy Scenarios report.

Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations order, biofuel must be blended into petrol and diesel in the UK today at a rate of 4.75%

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Production of the electric taxis will take place at the company’s new £325m facility in Coventry. Photo: LEVC

Black cab turns green as London taxi firm undergoes EV rebrand

Black cabs in the capital are set to undergo a green makeover after the London Taxi Company announced a rebrand at the unveiling of its new electric model.

The V2G concept is being rolled out by Tesla and BMW among other carmakers

UK ploughs £20m into vehicle-to-grid technology

The UK Government has announced it will invest £20m to support vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects that allow plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide demand-response services to the power grid.

Fully-electric models will be supported by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid 48-volt options across all models

Volvo pushes for an entire electric and hybrid portfolio by 2019

Swedish car manufacturers Volvo has announced today (5 July) that every vehicle launch from 2019 onwards will have an electric motor, in a move described by the company as a "historic end" to the combustion engine.

It was agreed that part of the problem stemmed from the “lack of a truly joined-up” national industrial and digital strategy

Skills gap concerns cloud UK's position in the 'global technology race'

Business leaders across the automotive, utilities, construction, aerospace, and services sectors have warned that a skills gap is holding the UK back in a "global technology race", which separate analysis suggests could generate £34.8bn for London's economy by 2030.

Sector summary: The state of sustainability in retail

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Around 2kg of carbon could be saved for every journey under three miles where a commuter has walked instead of taking a car

Businesses should target employee commutes to lower emissions, says Ecosurety

Office-based, service businesses looking to reduce emissions should target employee commutes ahead of other energy-saving programmes, resource efficiency specialists Ecosurety has claimed.

Road transport accounts for almost a half of the total freight transport in Europe, underpinning the sector’s importance for the economy

Commission eyes fuel efficiency rules for trucks as road transport looks set to grow

Europe lags behind the major world economies in regulating fuel efficiency standards for the fast-growing truck transport sector and the Commission is moving to address the issue with legislative proposals, a panel on the Future of Road Freight Transport was told on Monday (3 July).

Sustainability professionals and green groups are calling for the new UK Government to step up its green policy ambition and finally release a number of key environmental frameworks

It's time for ACTION: 14 green policy priorities for the new UK Government - Part two

A decentralised energy system, more ambitious renewable energy targets and a stronger low-carbon heat and transport policy are all listed in the second part of edie's feature exploring the most critical areas of green policy that Theresa May's new Government must prioritise.

Royal Mail delivers letters and parcels to around 30m UK addresses and is anticipating an increase in parcel volume, and therefore a greater demand on fuel consumption and heavy truck uses

Royal Mail delivers carbon reduction goal four years early

The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, has surpassed a 20% carbon reduction target four years early, and will strive to maintain carbon intensity levels over the next few years as business demands evolve.

The reductions were delivered though investments into the Boeing 787 aircraft

Virgin Atlantic cuts aircraft emissions by 22% in 10 years

A multi-billion-dollar Boeing fleet investment, engine taxiing and weight management have together contributed to Virgin Atlantic reducing total aircraft carbon emissions by 22% since 2007, with similar footprint reductions generated for other carbon-efficiency measurements.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the launch of a consultation into air quality last year. Photo: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.

Transport operator RATP Dev already runs 243 hybrid buses in London, along with 630 similar models on the streets of Paris

London bus routes set to go 100% electric

A full electric operation of two London bus routes will be in place by 2018 thanks to a new partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and a French public transport operator.

New consumer products like Tesla’s grid-connected home battery, along with small-scale solar, are becoming more popular, and are tipped to revolutionise the way power is stored

Storage 'not fundamentally needed' for future power grid, scientists say

The emergence of household batteries, along with small-scale solar photovoltaic and plug-in electric cars, is tipped to transform electricity storage, according to a new state-of-the-art report by European science academies. But experts claim storage is not actually fundamentally needed.

The National Clean Air Day will see local schools, hospitals and communities across UK cities run events and inspire other local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children

Report: Britons willing to pay £1bn to tackle air pollution

Coinciding with the UK's first ever National Clean Air Day (15 June), new research has shown that the general public want to ringfence £1bn a year to tackle air pollution.

Online platforms such as Lyft and Uber nudge people towards ‘access over ownership’, making more efficient use of existing vehicles in the city

Jaguar Land Rover invests £20m in ride-sharing service Lyft

British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered the market of smart transportation with a new £19m investment in ride-sharing service Lyft.

Google has collected almost three million measurements across 14,000 miles of road over the course of the year

Google unveils first air quality mapping system

As more urban areas succumb to increased exposure to air pollution, Google has released its first block-by-block data set in California to enable residents to make different travel route decisions and help improve air quality in the area.

Through the Powervault system, the batteries are given an estimated 10 years of additional life use

Renault enters UK energy storage market with Powervault and M&S trials

Renault has become the latest carmaker to venture into the energy storage market, after partnering with energy equipment suppliers Powervault and Marks & Spencer (M&S) to trial used electric vehicle (EV) batteries in home energy storage units in the UK.

Lower emissions in the UK were attributed to the “liberalising of energy markets” and the switch from oil and coal to gas in electricity production

UK leads the way on emissions reductions, despite overall increase across the EU

The UK recorded the largest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) in 2015, although new research has found the emissions from the bloc increased for the first time in five years.

There have been 85,581 eligible cars registered since the 2011 launch of the Plug-In car grant, according to statistics

Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share

Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.

UPS has already trialled similar schemes in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and other parts of the UK

UPS unveils Dublin 'eco package hub' to reduce delivery van journeys

An "urban eco package hub" has been launched by package delivery firm UPS that will limit the amount of delivery vehicles operating in the city centre to ease congestion and pollution concerns.

(From left to right): Lib Dem environment spokesperson Baroness Parminter, Resource Minister Thérèse Coffey, event chair Clive Anderson, Shadow Secretary for International Trade  Barry Gardiner, and Green Party London Assembly member Caroline Russell

Greener UK debate: Parties trade blows over environmental ambitions ahead of election

Environmental representatives from the UK's major political parties clashed last night (30 May) over international climate change leadership and other key green policy issues at a General Election hustings event in London.

A concept artwork of HORIBA MIRA's liquid nitrogen hybrid bus

World's first liquid nitrogen hybrid bus makes breakthrough

The world's first hybrid bus to run on both liquid nitrogen and diesel has moved one step closer to being rolled out across the streets of the UK after completing a series of rigorous trials.

Last year, Nissan partnered with Italian energy company Enel to develop 100 new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy storage units in London

Northern Powergrid and Nissan join forces on energy network research

Northern Powergrid has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan to look at how electric vehicles (EVs) can support energy networks.

The central London branch offers universal charging points to accommodate the rising number of electric vehicles (EVs)

London EV drivers rewarded with car parking discount

Plug-in vehicle drivers in the capital are set to be rewarded by a new parking tariff scheme at a central London car park which discounts parking for low-emission cars.

ETI stressed that any tax system aimed at punishing less-efficient and heavily-polluting vehicles would likely impact poorest families hardest

Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI

The ongoing decarbonisation of the transport sector is unlikely to create a short-term market share for hydrogen vehicles, although current low-emission vehicle manufacturers need to develop a "greater understanding" of consumer needs, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found.

Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers (right) explains his hydrogen vehicle blueprints to BNEF's Michael Wilshire, CCC chair Lord Deben and motoring broadcaster Amanda Stretton

Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple

The decarbonisation of the transport sector hinges on the ability to "make efficiency profitable" rather than overcoming technological barriers, the founder of Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer Riversimple has claimed.

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has said that a greener economy

Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular economy

The Liberal Democrat Party manifesto has been released, outlining a series of ambitious proposals to "build a greener economy" by establishing five new legislative pieces, including a law to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The work also shows that, even if diesel cars did meet emissions limits, there would still be 70,000 early deaths per year

38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures

The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.

Waitrose rolls out Europe's first 500-mile biomethane trucks

As part of an ongoing transition towards alternatively- fuelled trucks and lower fleet emissions, Waitrose has spent the early months of 2017 trialling Europe’s first 500-mile biomethane trucks, with plans to scale-up the project over the coming years.

The scheme has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the EU programme Horizon 2020

Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020

Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.

Car club operators can regularly renew fleets to respond to emerging technologies and car club vehicles are now emitting 29% less CO2 than private ownership cars

Sharing economy makes inroads to combat London's air pollution

A rise in car club members in London is reducing the number of diesel vehicles on the roads, leading to less air pollution and a reduction in vehicle carbon emissions.