Move to zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) fleet

Move to zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) fleet

Move to zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) fleet

Changeworks trials electric van

Edinburgh-based Changeworks Recycling has unveiled its first electric van in the hopes of cleaning up the city’s business waste collections.

The vehicle will be trialled for six months before the introduction of a £1 million programme to replace Changework’s entire fleet of 26 vehicles, which currently run on bio-diesel.

Waste and recyclable materials will be collected from businesses in the Essential Edinburgh BID area.

Mike McConnell, Fleet Manager at Changeworks Recycling, said: “It was important to us that we use a vehicle that is suitable for the narrow streets of Edinburgh yet large enough for us to minimise the number of return trips to our depot.

“It has taken over 18 months from design to delivery but it will be worth the wait.”

Cambridgeshire councils investigate move to zero-emission fleet

Veolia rolls out electric vans in Brent

Two electric ‘eco-vans’ have replaced diesel vehicles in the London borough of Brent, preventing 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to taking ten petrol cars off the road, the council says.

The new vans have been introduced by Veolia and will support the delivery of a greener waste collection and maintenance service.

Marcin Ladynski, Fleet Manager for Veolia Brent, said: “Veolia’s fleet innovation team are actively involved in trials of new vehicle technologies, including street cleansing and refuse collection vehicles that have lower emissions outputs.

“We’re delighted to work with Brent Council on clean air solutions and look forward to delivering more in the future.”

The vans will work alongside three hybrid cage vehicles that are used to maintain Brent’s parks.

Veolia rolls out electric vans in Brent

J&J Services announces launch of electric wheeled bin emptying vehicle

J&J Services of Bedford has become the first UK importer and distributor of an electric wheeled-bin emptying vehicle.

The company says the vehicle is cost efficient as well as environmentally friendly, with fully electric side loading and rear unloading.

The body, lifting structure and waste hopper cover all use high HSLA steel, which is designed to ensure there is no rust or deformation over a long period of time.

The large loading capacity uses standard wheelie bins of 240 and 360 litres and the vehicle retains waste in the fully enclosed hopper during the loading and transporting process, so debris does not get blown away or litter the road.

Cambridgeshire councils investigate move to zero-emission fleet

J&J Services announces launch of electric wheeled bin emptying vehicle

J&J Services of Bedford has become the first UK importer and distributor of an electric wheeled-bin emptying vehicle.

The company says the vehicle is cost efficient as well as environmentally friendly, with fully electric side loading and rear unloading.

The body, lifting structure and waste hopper cover all use high HSLA steel, which is designed to ensure there is no rust or deformation over a long period of time.

The large loading capacity uses standard wheelie bins of 240 and 360 litres and the vehicle retains waste in the fully enclosed hopper during the loading and transporting process, so debris does not get blown away or litter the road.

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Jaguar Land Rover announce huge electric vehicle investment

Jaguar Land Rover announce huge electric vehicle investment

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a huge investment to build electric cars in the UK.

The investment will be centred around the Coventry car maker’s plant in Castle Bromwich, the home of Jaguar, but other plants will also benefit.

Dr Ralph Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.”We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, electronic drive units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

The news was welcomed by the Government and the trade union Unite.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in the UK automotive industry – protecting thousands of skilled jobs.

“It reflects our determination for the UK to be at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles.”
Our sister website BusinessLive is running a live blog on Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement today You can find it. He added: “JLR’s announcement recognises the strength of the excellent workforce at Castle Bromwich and acknowledges the efforts of many parties, including the government and the Mayor Andy Street, to invest and build a sustainable future in the region for advanced manufacturing, safeguarding jobs and skills.”

The investment, which was revealed in the media earlier this week , marks the run-out of the existing XJ, which was made at Castle Bromwich.

It comes in the wake of an agreement by employees to work a four-day week at the Birmingham site.

The agreement was drafted between the company and Unite and hailed as a deal that would secure the future of the Castle Bromwich plant and pave the way for future investment. Employees will still work a 37-hour week.

Huge electric investment, what the credit rating downgrade means, Slovakia update and F-Type spy shots – your Jaguar Land Rover digest Unite’s assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: “Today’s trailblazing announcement by Jaguar Land Rover is testament to the skill and hard work of Unite members and shop stewards.

“Once again they have pulled out all the stops to secure the new investment needed for this new model which will be the first UK built all-electric executive saloon.

“Not only is it a fantastic boost to the UK car industry, but it ensures that Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site remains a powerhouse of the regional economy providing a living for thousands of workers and supporting many more in the supply chain.

“This is a proud day for our members and Jaguar Land Rover.

“The Government and Theresa May’s replacement as prime minister must make sure it is not the last for the UK’s world beating car workers and their families. ”

The Castle Bromwich plant, near Junction 5 of the M6, employs around 2,500 workers.

It produces the XE, XF, XF Sportbrake, F-Type and the current XJ models.

Jaguar Land Rover said the transformation of Castle Bromwich will be “the most significant in the plant’s history”.

The new electric vehicles will be based on the company’s Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA).

Mr Speth said: Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as re-fuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad.

“The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

Jaguar Land Rover was the Jaguar I-Pace, which is made under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria.

Batteries for new electric vehicles will be made at a new factory being built in Hams Hall in Warwickshire, while the electric motors will be manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s engine plant near Wolverhampton.

The news of investment will come as a welcome shot in the arm for Jaguar Land Rover, as the firm battles the triple woes of falling sales in China, declining demand for diesel vehicles and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit.

Earlier this year the company announced plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs and later posted losses of £358m (or £3.6 billion if a writedown on the value of assets was taken into account) for the 2018/19 financial year.

Rumours have persisted of a tie-up with, or takeover by, French car maker PSA Group, though Jaguar Land Rover has recently signed a partnership deal with BMW to produce electric drive units (EDUs) for the next generation of electric vehicles.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson: UK will lead the world in delivering net zero

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: UK will lead the world in delivering net zero

In his inaugural speech to Parliament new Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirms commitment to new UK zero emissions target

The new Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his first address to Parliament to explicitly back the new net zero emissions target his predecessor set into law in the final few weeks of her premiership.

Boris Johnson, who supported the target when asked on the campaign trail but made little specific mention of his plans to tackle climate change, today promised the UK would become a global leader in the low-carbon transition. “Our Kingdom in 2050… will no longer make any contribution whatsoever to the destruction of our precious planet brought about by carbon emissions,” he said. “Because we will have led the world in delivering that net zero target.”

Such an explicit message of support for the ambitious target will be greeted with relief by environmentalists, who have been wary that Prime Minister Boris Johnson may prioritise cutting green regulations and rolling back environmental standards to boost post-Brexit growth.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Supports Electric Vehicle (EV) Industry

Prime Minsister Boris Johnson appeared to double down on support for the clean growth agenda pioneered by the government under Theresa May, in particular repeating his support for the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) industry. “We will be the home of electric vehicles, cars, even planes, powered by British-made battery technology being developed right here, right now,” he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Supports the Development an £80m Battery Industrialisation Centre

The UK is in the process of developing an £80m Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. But although the centre will develop battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, modules, and battery packs, it will not manufacture battery cells commercially – they still have to be shipped in to the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover Gigascale Plant

Carmakers including Jaguar Land Rover, which earlier this month confirmed plans to build the all-electric Jaguar XJ in the UK, have called for the UK to develop a gigascale plant capable of producing battery cells at scale and securing the UK’s position as a leading destination for EV manufacturers.

Yet meeting the net zero target will require an extensive policy overhaul across all areas of government, not just transport, particularly given the UK is not currently on track to meet its medium-term carbon reduction targets that are still based on the previous 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 target.

Responding to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on the Boris Johnson to respond to the “climate emergency” with urgent policy action. “Will he ban fracking, will he back real ingenuity like the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, will he increase investment in carbon capture and storage, will he back our solar industry and onshore wind, so devastated over the last nine years?” he asked. “Will he set out a credible plan to reach net zero?”

The Prime Minister’s address came alongside new ministerial appointments, as one of the biggest shake-ups of the Cabinet in living memory continues today.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Joining Andrea Leadsom at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is Kwasi Kwarteng, who has been appointed Minister of State for Energy at the Department.

Like his predecessor Claire Perry, Kwarteng will also attend cabinet, but there is no mention of Kwarteng assuming Perry’s clean growth brief, previously part of the ministerial job title. A spokesperson for BEIS was unable to confirm why ‘clean growth’ is not listed as part of Kwarteng’s job title, or whether he will lead on the Department’s climate responsibilities.

Perry relinquished her position as Energy and Clean Growth Minister to take up the role of COP26 President yesterday.

At BEIS, Kwarteng will be responsible for overseeing the UK’s continued transition to a cleaner electricity system, which has to date seen low carbon sources make up around half of the UK’s power needs.

But he will also play a key role in developing much-needed policies to decarbonise the domestic heating system which is currently heavily reliant on gas, as well as boosting home energy efficiency – an issue which the government has faced fierce criticism over in recent weeks.

He will serve under the new Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who despite a mixed past track record on environmental policy, has in recent months been a forceful advocate for climate action, the UK’s new net zero emissions goal, and the major rollout of renewables and clean technologies.

A fellow Eton graduate like the PM, Kwarteng moves to BEIS after having served as Under-Secretary in the Department for Exiting the EU since November. Commenting on his appointment this morning, Kwarteng said he was “honoured and delighted” to be joining BEIS.

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‘Net Zero’ UK commitment, acceleration of EV uptake

‘Net Zero’ UK commitment, acceleration of EV uptake

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report calls for ‘Net Zero’ UK commitment, acceleration of EV uptake

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published a landmark report which calls for the UK to adopt a world-leading target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The report calls for the target for electric cars introduction to be brought forward and for the accelerated introduction of low carbon technologies for other harder-to-electrify vehicle types, such as long-range trucks.

The CCC says that a net-zero GHG target for 2050 will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It says that the target is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that Parliament accepted when it legislated the existing 2050 target for an 80% reduction from 1990.

The Committee has recommended an earlier target for Scotland (net-zero by 2045), pointing to Scotland’s greater relative capacity to remove emissions than the UK as a whole. The Scottish Government was quick to accept the challenge. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the Scottish Government will legislate on the 2045 target. For Wales, the Committee recommends a 95% reduction target by 2050.

The Committee warns, however, that Net Zero will only be possible if clear, stable and well-designed policies to reduce emissions further are introduced across the economy without delay. It says that current policy is insufficient to meet even the existing targets.

Road transport is highlighted as one of the more challenging areas in terms of decarbonisation. In its Technical Report the CCC proposes a ‘further ambition’ scenario in which the ending of sales of non-zero emission cars, vans and motorcycles is brought forward to 2035 at the latest (from the Government’s proposed deadline of 2040). It says that regulatory approval of non-zero emission vehicles limited to 2050 at the latest.

It says that cars and vans can switch, cost-effectively, to electric vehicles and that buses can also change to electricity and hydrogen fuel. The report acknowledges the challenges in decarbonising longer range trucks saying that HGVs should transition to zero emission options including hydrogen and electrification throughout the 2030s but that strong efforts are needed now to determine the best solutions.

The CCC says that electric vehicles are likely to be cost saving compared to petrol and diesel vehicles before 2030. On this basis, the cumulative costs of passenger transport in the UK from 2018 to 2050 may be lower if the end to sales of cars and vans with petrol and diesel engines is brought forward to 2030, compared to 2040. The chart above shows the cumulative costs (vehicles, fuels  – excluding taxation – and infrastructure) of cars and vans given a decision to end sales in 2030 and one to end them in 2040.

The report says: “it would be desirable to aim for 100% of new car and van sales to be electric by the earlier date, but there is uncertainty about the ability of car manufacturers to supply this volume of electric vehicles”.

The report adds that demand for transport can be reduced by encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport instead of car travel and by supporting freight operators to make improvements in logistics.

Including ‘further ambition’ measures, the Committee says that all these measures combined can reduce road transport emissions by 98% by 2050, compared to a 1990 baseline.

The Committee says that the UK could receive an industrial boost as it leads the way in low-carbon products and services including electric vehicles, finance and engineering, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen technologies with potential benefits for exports, productivity and jobs.

Speaking at the report launch at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, said that Britain led the world into an industrial revolution powered by fossil fuels and that it can also lead the world out of fossil fuel dependence. “This is not going to be easy, but it’s a challenge we cannot avoid…and we have to start now.”

The Committee’s report, requested by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments in light of the Paris Agreement and the IPCC’s Special Report in 2018, finds that:

  • The foundations are in place throughout the UK and the policies required to deliver key pillars of a net-zero economy are already active or in development. These include: a supply of low-carbon electricity (which will need to quadruple by 2050), efficient buildings and low-carbon heating (required throughout the UK’s building stock), electric vehicles (which should be the only option from 2035 or earlier), developing carbon capture and storage technology and low-carbon hydrogen (which are a necessity not an option), stopping biodegradable waste going to landfill, phasing-out potent fluorinated gases, increasing tree planting, and measures to reduce emissions on farms. However, these policies must be urgently strengthened and must deliver tangible emissions reductions – current policy is not enough even for existing targets.
  • Policies will have to ramp up significantly for a ‘net-zero’ emissions target to be credible, given that most sectors of the economy will need to cut their emissions to zero by 2050. The Committee’s conclusion that the UK can achieve a net-zero GHG target by 2050 and at acceptable cost is entirely contingent on the introduction without delay of clear, stable and well-designed policies across the emitting sectors of the economy. Government must set the direction and provide the urgency. The public will need to be engaged if the transition is to succeed. Serious plans are needed to clean up the UK’s heating systems, to deliver the infrastructure for carbon capture and storage technology and to drive transformational change in how we use our land.
  • The overall costs of the transition to a net-zero economy are manageable but they must be fairly distributed. Rapid cost reductions in essential technologies such as offshore wind and batteries for electric vehicles mean that a net-zero greenhouse gas target can be met at an annual cost of up to 1-2% of GDP to 2050. However, the costs of the transition must be fair, and must be perceived as such by workers and energy bill payers. The Committee recommends that the Treasury reviews how the remaining costs of achieving net- zero can be managed in a fair way for consumers and businesses.

There are multiple benefits of the transition to a zero-carbon economy, the Committee’s report shows. These include benefits to people’s health from better air quality, less noise thanks to quieter vehicles, more active travel thanks to increased rates of cycling and walking, healthier diets, and increased recreational benefits from changes to land use.

In addition, the UK could receive an industrial boost as it leads the way in low-carbon products and services including electric vehicles, finance and engineering, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen technologies with potential benefits for exports, productivity and jobs.

Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, said: “We can all see that the climate is changing and it needs a serious response. The great news is that it is not only possible for the UK to play its full part – we explain how in our new report – but it can be done within the cost envelope that Parliament has already accepted. The Government should accept the recommendations and set about making the changes needed to deliver them without delay.”

Notes to editors

  1. A net-zero target would require a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It is referred to as ‘net’ as the expectation is that it would be met with some remaining sources of emissions which would need to be offset by removals of COfrom the atmosphere – by growing trees, for example.

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TEMSA Exhibited Three Vehicles Including Two Electric Versions at the UITP Summit in Stockholm

TEMSA Exhibited Three Vehicles Including Two Electric Versions at the UITP Summit in Stockholm

Electric Vehicles at the UITP Summit in Stockholm

TEMSA, with nearly 15 thousand vehicles on the roads in 66 countries around the world, introduced its electric bus model Avenue Electron, the 9-meter electric vehicle MD 9 electriCITY and the LF 12 model for urban transportation at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit.

TEMSA CEO Hasan Yıldırım pointed out that the global automotive industry is now being shaped around smart cities with eco-friendly and silent models. “European countries have announced their intentions and strategies regarding electric bus purchases. England plans to have 6,000 electric buses in London and France 4,000 buses in Paris by 2030. On the other hand, Amsterdam Municipality will ban all fossil-fueled vehicles from the city after 2023. At TEMSA, we are one of the handful of automotive brands worldwide that can offer customers multiple electric vehicle alternatives and we look forward to taking a leading role in this transformation.”

TEMSA CEO Hasan Yildirim

The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable mobility and chooses a new setting every two years. This year, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit took place on 9-12 June 2019 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Covering all urban and regional transport modes across the globe, the Summit combines congress sessions and an exhibition of the latest innovations, solutions and products by the world’s leading automotive companies.

TEMSA, a world leading automotive manufacturer of buses, coaches and midibus with over 50 years of production experience, exhibited three vehicles including two electric models during the Summit. TEMSA introduced its electric buses Avenue Electron, MD 9 electriCITY and public transportation bus LF 12 at stand no. A2120 in Hall A to visitors from around the world.

Yıldırım: “We can’t wait to play a role in the shift toward electric vehicles”

TEMSA CEO Hasan Yıldırım emphasized the major transformation that the automotive industry is undergoing. Yıldırım underlined that urban mobility is going through a massive transformation despite challenges such as high cost of public buses and building the charging infrastructure in cities, “Europe is leading this transformation. With policy support in cities, municipal bus fleets have already started to shift toward electric vehicles. A number of policies including the European Clean Vehicles Directive as well as goals of cities to improve air quality have been important factors. Some European countries have already announced their intentions and strategies regarding electric bus purchases. For instance, England plans to have 6,000 electric buses in London and France 4,000 buses in Paris by 2030. In Norway, 37% of the passenger cars purchased are electric powered. Meanwhile, Amsterdam Municipality announced that all fossil-fueled vehicles will be banned from the city after 2023.”

Yıldırım noted that the global automotive industry is now shaped around smart cities with ecofriendly and silent models, “At TEMSA, we are one of the handful of automotive brands worldwide that can offer customers multiple electric vehicle alternatives and we look forward to taking a leading role in this transformation. The electric vehicles that we have talking about for years are ready to hit the road. For TEMSA, this is not just an investment but also the beginning of a shift to make our cities, our world quieter and cleaner. It is the first step toward a much smarter, much cleaner future.”

Work on electric vehicles and batteries continues at full speed

Yıldırım also provided information about TEMSA’s electric vehicles introduced during the Summit and said that the transformation in the automotive industry also necessitates different solutions for public transportation, “Our Avenue Electron model is one of the latest mobility solutions for smart cities. Thanks to our advanced technology, we are able to offer batteries with capacities ranging from 240 to 360 kWh in our vehicles, allowing our customers to choose according to their planned range and passenger capacity. This is because we are aware that customers today need solutions customized for their institutions. Accordingly, our long years of work and collaborations on electric vehicles and battery systems continue at full speed.”

12-meter Avenue Electron with 85-passenger capacity

The 12-meter, 35-seat Avenue Electron with 85-passenger capacity, the latest electric model of TEMSA exhibited at UITP is now available for orders. The vehicle’s driving range is 250 kilometers and the battery is fully charged in three hours. With R&D studies on Avenue Electron ongoing, the plan is to extend the range from 250 kilometers to 350 kilometers.

An electric alternative for narrow roads and rough conditions: MD9 electriCITY

The first 9-meter electric vehicle MD9 electriCITY that TEMSA exhibited at the Summit is developed by taking into account narrow roads and relatively rough road conditions. Ready for serial production, this vehicle has a driving range of 230 kilometers, with air conditioning running and average passenger weight. In the next generation of this vehicle, the range is extended to 300 kilometers and the battery pack can be fully charged in two hours.

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Sales and installation for electric vehicles to exceed $63B by 2030

Sales and installation for electric vehicles to exceed $63B by 2030

Global market equipment sales and installation for electric vehicles to exceed $63B by 2030

A new report from Navigant Research provides an overview of the current state of the global electric vehicle (EV) charging industry, with market forecasts for charger sales, installation, services, and energy consumption, through 2030.

Alongside a growing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market, the EV charging industry is expected to mature rapidly and become increasingly competitive.

Investments and acquisitions from major energy companies will drive a surge in public charger deployments and the commercialisation of the next wave of chargers that can provide smarter, faster, and more convenient charging services.

“The PEV market is growing quickly, fuelling a rapid population increase that is expected to require significant investments in charging infrastructure,” says Scott Shepard, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “By 2030, the global market for charging light, medium, and heavy duty PEVs is expected to reach more than 12 million units, growing from 1.4 million in 2019.”

According to the report, much of the expected market growth is anticipated to occur in the latter half of the 2020s, when light-duty PEVs hit an inflection point, driven by the confluence of declining battery prices and innovations in charging technologies.

This confluence is expected to be spurred by increasing government scrutiny of transportation greenhouse gas emissions, which is likely to be realized as bans on conventional vehicles in many markets between 2030 and 2040.

The report, EV Charging Equipment Market Overview, provides an overview of the current state of the global EV charging industry.

The study covers global EV charging technologies, the market drivers and challenges, the competitive landscape, and the extent the market is likely to grow over the next decade given the momentum of global PEV markets. Global market forecasts for charger sales, installation, services, and energy consumption extend through 2030. The report also assesses the key emerging market and technology trends.

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