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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Nissan's Francisco Carranza was speaking at the launch of a new energy storage partnership between Eaton and Manchester City Football Club

Nissan and REA warn of regulatory inaction ahead of energy storage boon

The UK can deliver a "vibrant and healthy" energy storage industry that can create one of the world's most efficient grids, but only if the approaching General Election doesn't "rip up" progress to date.

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

Transport for London is spending £18m on upgrading the capital's power grids to charge the first generation of battery-powered black cabs.

Daimler has suggested that the systems are scalable, meaning that the units could be employed in large-scale industry systems as well as private homes

Mercedes-Benz brings energy storage units to the UK

Mercedes-Benz wants to introduce a "private energy revolution" to UK, after commencing deliveries of energy storage units that can connect with renewable energy sources.

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The Government has worked with businesses and academics to identify core industrial challenges that can be overcome through additional funding

EV batteries and robotics first in line for BEIS £1bn innovation fund

The UK Government has unveiled a £1bn investment fund for cutting-edge technologies such as self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI) and batteries for clean and flexible energy storage.

The thinktank insists that low-cost batteries, including those in EVs, mean many individual households and commercial buildings could operate off grid for months at a time by 2025

Green Alliance: UK energy system unprepared for EV and solar growth

The UK could suffer from an overloaded grid at peak times unless rapid action is taken to design a smarter power system, a new report from thinktank Green Alliance has found.

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

Electric vehicle energy storage provides 'perfect opportunity' for UK

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's expanding low-carbon vehicle market offers the "perfect opportunity" for businesses to export surplus energy to the grid, according to the new head of electric vehicles (EVs) at the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

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.

Ministers need to produce a draft plan by 24 April after a successful legal challenge from environmental law firm ClientEarth

Friends of the Earth launches air quality proposals ahead of impending Government plan

The Government has today (11 April) been called upon to commit to clean air quality measures by climate change campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE), as a new survey shows that almost half of UK citizens support restriction on polluting vehicles.

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.

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.

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget speech this afternoon, but it contained little for sustainability professionals to get excited about

Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets

BREAKING: Key proposals on the future of carbon pricing, renewable energy subsidies and air quality remain on the UK Government's 'to-do' list as Chancellor Philip Hammond offered relatively little for the green economy to get excited about in his 2017 Budget this afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

The study predicts solar PV will become “materially cheaper than alternative power options globally” between 2030 and 2040

Low-carbon boom to stall fossil fuel demand by 2020, say researchers

The demand for coal and oil will peak in 2020 as low-carbon technology prices continue to tumble, a new report which examines the energy sector has claimed.

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 survey arrives one month after Ford unveiled plans for a new fully-electric SUV, with an estimated driving range of at least 300 miles

Millennials view SUVs as leading choice for fuel-efficient vehicles

Fresh from the announcement that Ford is commercialising a fully-electric SUV, a survey sponsored by the motor giant has revealed that millennials are making purchasing decisions based on the efficiency of a vehicle.

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.

For Schwarzenegger, the performance capabilities, which includes a driving range of 300km, are “a dream come true”

Arnold Schwarzenegger spotlights fully-electric Mercedes G-Wagon

Renowned actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will test drive a prototype of a fully-electrified, off-road Mercedes G 350d as part of a development agreement with Austrian battery specialist Kreisel Electric.

Fuel-cell vehicles can run up to five times longer than the all-EV counterparts, but the technlogy has struggled to leave an impression among consumers due to cost factors

Fuel for thought: Will 2017 be the year of the zero-emission fuel-cell vehicle?

Low-carbon energy and sustainable transport are becoming evermore intertwined as new green technologies emerge and become more affordable to the masses. But as the sectors move ahead with innovative battery and electrification plans, they could be missing out on a growing fuel cell market, writes Matt Mace.

Mass production of the product has been slated for 2021 and Samsung SDI claimed that with a 20-minute charge, the battery cell can perform at 80% capacity with a 500km drive range

Samsung's rapid charge EV battery aims to remedy 'range anxiety'

Korean technology company Samsung's lithium ion and renewables division wants to bring fast charging battery cell technology into mass production for electric vehicles (EVs), with the company offering 600km driving ranges and 20-minute charge times.

Transport Minister John Hayes indicated that the Government will support greater integration of biofuels into the UK’s transport energy mix to complement the growth of EVs

Government unveils £20m funding for low-carbon freight projects

The UK Government has unveiled £20m investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects as part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.

Ford is examining how EVs, autonomous driving, ride sharing and IoT connected vehicles can interact with urban infrastructure to ease congestion and improve air quality in cities

Ford extends ride-sharing scheme as part of 'City of Tomorrow' vision

Motor giant Ford has outlined its vision for the 'City of Tomorrow', which utilises technologies such as drones and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance urban driving to lower air pollution, with the firm also extending its Chariot ride-sharing services to eight cities.

The data also revealed that the uptake of diesel-electric hybrids experienced a substantial fall from 2015 to 2016, with a 55% decrease from 3,873 diesel electrics registrations to 1,741 in 2016

UK electric plug-in vehicle sales reached 10,000 in 2016

New research has revealed a growing demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK, with both plug-in and hybrid sales increasing over the last 12 months.

Only 30% complete, the factory boasts an imposing footprint of 1.9 million square feet, housing 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors

Tesla Gigafactory commences battery cell production

Tesla has begun mass production of a new battery cell that will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and upcoming Model 3 at its Nevada-based Gigafactory.

The company has sold more than 520,000 electrified vehicles in North America since 2005 and 560,000 globally

Ford unveils new ambitions for 2020 EV transition

American motor giant Ford has confirmed that its new Transit, Mustang and F-150 models are among seven newly-announced electric vehicles that will be heading to market over the next five years.

As part of the new contract, the company will install charging points in the proposed EV Experience Centre, set to be launched next year, in the Centre:MK

Milton Keynes announces £2.3m EV charging infrastructure expansion

One of the four UK cities set to act as a pioneer of green vehicle technology has agreed a new £2.3m contract to "significantly expand" the public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) in the area.

BMW's corporate headquarters in Munich, where car sharing has been introduced around the city

How BMW is revving up for for an electric vehicle circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing electrification of the transport sector looks set to open up new avenues for improved resource management and closed-loop practices for carmakers looking to push beyond regulatory compliance, BMW's environmental programmes manager has said.

Daimler AG, Audi and Porsche are also part of the collaboration, which aims to enable long-distance travel by placing charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares

Automotive giants team-up to create Europe's 'highest-powered' EV charging network

A host of the world's largest motor companies, including BMW, Volkswagen and Ford, have agreed to collaborate on the creation of Europe's highest-powered charging network to enable long-range travel for electric vehicles (EVs).

DfT confirmed details of the new £390m funding for future transport technology, and outlined several proposals to develop renewable fuels in aviation

Government prepares for green transport revolution with EV and sustainable aviation frameworks

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.

JLR is working with the Warwick Manufacturing Group to develop the batteries for the I-Pace EV, which will go on sale in 2018

Jaguar Land Rover wants Midlands to act as electric vehicle hub

Britain's largest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has provided a potential boost to the post-Brexit manufacturing sector, after the company's chief executive suggested that the UK should act as a central hub for JLR's electric vehicle (EV) ambitions.

The data was collected from the ChargePlace Scotland network and published by the RAC Foundation

Scotland's EV charging point usage doubles in one year

Scotland's electric vehicle (EV) charging point usage in August 2016 was double that of last year's figures - as revealed by independent motoring charity the RAC foundation.

The removal of barriers towards the deployment of energy storage and demand response technologies could save the UK up to £40bn across the electricity system by 2050

Government call for evidence seeks business views on smarter energy system

The UK Government has today (10 November) confirmed its commitment to the creation of a smarter, flexible energy system with a new report which outlines the opportunity for businesses to actively balance their energy needs.

The 100% digitally powered “Nissan Intelligent and Go Micra” scheme was revealed at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal

Nissan launches 'social network' car-share ownership scheme

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the world's first social network-powered shared car ownership scheme, which invoices individuals based on the monthly usage of a nearby fleet of Nissan Micra Acentas.

South Korean manufacturer Hyundai has set a 2020 target to roll out 28 near-zero-emission vehicles across the Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands

Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief

EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.

As part of a wider Nissan project to develop 100 V2G storage units in the UK, the eight charging points in Cranfield allows EVs to become fully integrated with the electricity grid

Nissan installs vehicle-to-grid technology at Cranfield research centre

Car manufacturer Nissan has fitted its research and development facilities in Cranfield with its innovative vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept, marking the first time the technology has been installed at the carmaker's facilities in Europe.

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.

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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.


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