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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.

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.

UPS operates more than 8,300 alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles globally

UPS focuses on renewables and alternative fuels to deliver new science-based target

Delivery firm UPS has today (27 June) unveiled a new science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025, alongside goals to source a quarter of its electricity needs from renewables and a scale-up of its alternative fuels programme.

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.

London is commended for the acceleration of its Ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) and rollout of hybrid and zero-emission buses

London ranked second for low-emission transport transition

London has been ranked second for cities leading the push to decarbonise its transport sector, making it a "likely candidate" to become the world's first zero-emissions city, according to a new report.

The skyline of Istanbul, Turkey - a nation that is currently 73% urbanised and projected to be 80% urbanised by 2030

Sustainability megatrends: Urbanisation, smart cities and the future of green business

edie's series of exclusive thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends continues with PwC's director of cities and urbanisation, Dan Dowling, exploring how urbanisation and smart city growth can be a powerful force for sustainable development and shared prosperity, if it's managed correctly.

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.

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.

If successful, the smart grid could negate the need to buy anymore conventional operates for the building

UPS to trial electric vehicle 'smart grid' in London

EXCLUSIVE: Delivery firm UPS is moving onto the "next stage" of the electric vehicle (EV) deployment challenge to trial decentralised power generation and onsite storage systems at its London operating base.

A CGI image of Heathrow's planned expansion to a third runway, which will make the airport the UK’s largest source of carbon emissions

Inside Heathrow 2.0: a flight path towards true sustainability leadership

Heathrow has just unveiled a sustainability strategy that could prove a game-changer for sustainable aviation. But does it make the airport's controversial expansion worthwhile? edie editor Luke Nicholls sits down with the firm's director of sustainability and executive director of expansion to find out.

When combining the T-Charge with the Congestion charges, motorists could be faced with costs of around £21.50 daily

London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.

UK households binned £13bn worth of food in 2015 that could have been eaten, despite the efforts of retailers to crack down on the issue

Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle

With edie's engagement month in full swing, George Ogleby investigates one of the biggest challenges facing Britain's circular economy transition: consumer engagement on food waste.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The president of Volvo Buses believes hybrid and plug-in hybrid buses will form a crucial part of the UK's transport system in order to optimise routes outside of the capital city

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation.

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.

A bus travels along Putney High Street, which will introduce a low-emission bus zone in February 2017. Photo: Google Maps

London to roll out low-emission bus zones along most polluted routes

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to roll out the first batch of low-emission bus zones along the capital's most polluted transport routes.

The company will kick-start this movement by introducing the Ioniq hybrid vehicle, which goes on sale in the US later this year

Electric vehicles are the new 'focal point' for Hyundai

South Korean motor company Hyundai has unveiled future blueprints to accelerate the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, aiming to circulate 26 new-fuel cars and SUVs into its production by 2020.

The green supplier plans to improve the biodiversity across each project, by creating species-rich grassland and planting native hedgerows in the local area

Ecotricity gains planning permission for 'future of energy' hybrid parks

Green energy provider Ecotricity has gained planning permission to create some of the first hybrid energy parks in Britain, by combining current wind farms with two new "sun parks" in Devon and Leicestershire respectively.

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

Volvo targets a million EV cars by 2025

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

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

UK could save billions by embracing low-carbon transport

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

From South Africa to Vienna, via London, this week's green innovations have a truly global appeal

Flying solar carpets and energy-stealing cars: the best green innovations of the week

After one of the titans of the fossil fuel industry buckled to its knees this week, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that look set to usher in the "new clean industrial era" that green groups are clamouring for.

Jet airliner rivals Airbus and Boeing are forming new collaborative projects in an attempt to curb aviation emissions

Airbus and Boeing thrust sustainable aviation into spotlight

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is teaming up with Siemens to introduce a range of hybrid passenger planes, while rival Boeing has partnered with NASA to reduce emissions through lighter wing designs.

The Volvo XC90 - one of the Group's range of plug-in hybrid cars

Volvo joins carmakers' call to standardise electric car charging

A global standard for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is "sorely needed" as the last piece in the jigsaw to cement the rising popularity of EVs, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has claimed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EVs are stable energy storage asset, says Innovate UK

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

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

Hybrid sales expected to surge ahead of subsidy cuts

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

London's bus fleet already consists of more than 1,500 hybrid electric buses and 15 pure electric buses

One third of London buses to be powered by green biodiesel

After a successful two month trial period, one third of London's bus fleet will soon by powered by a biofuel-diesel hybrid, resulting in more than 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions being reduced annually.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Kia will attempt to improve average fuel efficiency by 25%

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

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

The catamaran will play host to six environmental conferences and events during COP21: Credit Vincent Brunet

World's largest solar-powered boat sets sail for Paris talks

The world's largest solar-powered boat is en route to Paris for the COP21 climate conference, where it will be moored up as an 'ambassador vessel' to draw attention to the key issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

Hybrid renewable energy parks combine wind and sun generation in the same project, using the same grid connection to maximise efficiency and reduce initial costs

Ecotricity to build three 'hybrid' energy parks

Green energy provider Ecotricity has announced plans to build three new 'hybrid' renewable energy parks, combining wind and solar power generation in the same project.

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

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

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

Volvo will introduce a new range of smaller 40 series cars that will be designed from the outset for electrification

Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan

Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.

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

Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050

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

The new Nissan Leaf is expected to go on sale in December with a market price of £24,490

Nissan delivers 155-mile battery upgrade with new Leaf

Japanese carmaker Nissan has added a new 30Kwh battery to its flagship Leaf electric vehicle, improving its driving range by 25%.

Electric cars cost around 3p per mile to run, compared with around 15p per mile for the average petrol car

£100,000 electric-car loans on offer for Scottish businesses

A new £2.5 million fund will give Scottish businesses access to an interest-free loan of up to £100,000 for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The first Toyota Mirai arrived in Bristol earlier this week

First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe

Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.

The VERC was partially funded by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund

Ricardo revs up emissions testing centre

A £10m vehicle emissions testing centre has been officially opened this week in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.

Green fuels displaced around 25m gallons of petrol and diesel in the UPS fleet.

UPS triples delivery miles on 'green' fuels

US delivery giant UPS has tripled the number of miles it drove on sustainable fuels in the last year, according to the firm's 2014 sustainability report.

The £20m will help develop ultra-low emission taxi services in UK cities

Cities bid for £20m funding to develop ultra-low emission taxi services

Eight cities across the UK are to bid for a share in £20m investment in plug-in hybrid taxi services, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

The level of greenhouse gas produced by the country as a whole has fallen by almost 300 million tonnes since 1990.

Transport only sector to increase emissions since 1970

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that Transport is the only sector in the UK that has seen increased emissions since 1970.

Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral status at its factory and headquarters. Photo: Lamborghini

Lamborghini shifts green credentials into top gear with carbon neutrality

Supercar maker Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral certification for its headquarters and factory in Italy.

Green Slam: How tennis tournaments are embracing sustainability

The professional tennis tour is not, by its very nature, a green endeavour. It is essentially hundreds of people flying endlessly around the world to play a child's game.

Two Irizar ultra-low emission buses will start running between Victoria Station and Cricklewood in October

World's first pure electric double-decker bus coming to London

The world's first purpose-built pure electric double-decker bus will enter service in London later this year, Mayor Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

Retro-fitting vehicles with aerodynamic features, new tyres and weight reductions could also cut fuel consumption by up to 45%

Greener vehicles could save firms £20bn

Corporate fleet managers across Europe could cut millions of tonnes of CO2 and save £20bn a year by taking advantage of available green technologies and efficiency techniques.

The hybrid Metrocab is driven by two electric motors, with a 1-litre petrol engine range extender

Zero-emissions black cab enters mass production

London's only operating zero-emissions capable black cab, the Metrocab, is going into volume production in Coventry next year.

Climate Cars uses a fleet of low-emission Toyota Prius hybrids

Minicab giant snaps up low-emission rival

Europe's largest minicab firm Addison Lee has ramped up its environmental credentials with the acquisition of London-based eco-friendly car service Climate Cars.

The 'Powerwall' system stores surplus energy from renewable sources and then releases it when necessary

Tesla's foray into energy storage could 'revolutionise energy system'

The news that Tesla is launching a battery energy storage pack is 'another nail in the coffin of conventional utilities', according to a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter.

Jaguar Land Rover received the award for its development of a 'whole-lifecycle' approach to manufacturing while cutting the environmental cost of production

Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement

Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.

In the GTE car, the solar modules are used to charge the main battery which powers a number of functions inside the car, including the air conditioning system.

Aston Martin revs up solar-powered car commitment

Solar giant Hanergy has renewed a research collaboration with Aston Martin in a bid to develop the world's first solar-powered car for the general public.

The UK biofuels industry already supports 3,500 jobs

Biofuels vital to UK decarbonisation, finds report

The UK transport industry must embrace biofuels if it is to meet EU decarbonisation targets, a Government-backed report has claimed.

The Quit Club, the newest phase of the company's Quit Smoking for Good campaign, likens the emissions diesel cars produce to smoking

Quit Club: Toyota urges businesses to 'stop smoking by quitting diesel'

Businesses are being encouraged to switch their company vehicle fleets from diesel engines to petrol hybrids in a new initiative launched by Toyota & Lexus Fleet Services this month.

How to plan and deliver environmentally sustainable events

This guide provides simple, practical steps to support planning and delivery and help to minimise resource usage.

The newly-expanded Go Ultra Low consortium aims to share the multiple benefits of ULEVs with a wider audience

More major carmakers join Government push for ULEVs

Audi, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen have joined the UK Government's Go Ultra Low campaign which aims to increase the take-up of 'plug-in' cars and vans.

Japanese car manufacturers set to thrive under tighter emissions regulations

Three Japanese car manufacturers have ranked in the top five for their anticipated ability to adapt to the introduction of stricter emissions regulations in a new 'super-league' released today (6/02/15).

The Nissan Leaf has seen a 33% increase in European sales over the past year

Nissan Leaf sales surge 33% in 2014

The all-electric Nissan Leaf has topped the zero-emissions car sales chart in Europe for the fourth year in a row with a 26% market share.

The plane was built by engineers from Cambridge and funded by Boeing

World's first hybrid plane takes off

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have successfully tested the world's first aircraft powered by both an electric motor and a petrol engine.

A further 2,400 new hybrid buses will be rolled out by 2020

Boris faces up to London's air quality crisis with £330m green spree

2,400 hybrid buses, zero-emission taxis and 10,000 street trees will all be coming to London as part of new plans announced by Boris Johnson in a bid to tackle the capital's air pollution problems.

Circular Economy Snapshot: Large Organisation

Unlock the potential of the circular economy for your business. The edie Circular Economy Snapshots offer businesses of all sizes an outline of the specific opportunities, challenges and tools needed in order to deliver the benefits of a more circular business model.

The Lima conference is intended to deliver the first draft of an accord to stave off dangerous climate change

UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU

An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: the case studies

Seventy-four shortlisted finalists were whittled down to winners across 14 categories at the Sustainability Leaders Awards, which celebrate the very best in sustainable business.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses will incorporate plug-in technology which reduces fuel consumption

Volvo unveils new Electric Hybrid buses

Volvo will this week launch its new 7900 Electric Hybrid range of buses to help European cities slash public transport fuel emissions and reduce air pollution.

By 2016 there will be more than 1,700 hybrid buses in service on London's streets

Wirelessly charged hybrid buses roll into London

Specially designed electric buses will be able to wirelessly charge their batteries while they wait at bus stands under new trials announced today (27 August) by Transport for London (TfL).


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