Water firm gushes about alternative fuel vehicles

Severn Trent has announced plans to replace its fleet with alternative-fuelled vehicles “as soon as possible”. It aims to replace 2,200 vans, cars and tankers, with its first fully electric vans expected to hit the roads next month. Chief Executive Liv Garfield said: “We’re really clear that this is where the future lies for us. […]

Alternatively fuelled vehicle sales shot up 31% in March

March saw a 31% surge in registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles. That’s according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), which shows how consumers are increasingly looking to invest in the latest low-emission vehicle technology. There were 22,816 new alternatively fuelled vehicles registered in total – 14,729 were hybrids and 8,087 were plug-in […]

Car industry warns ‘anti-diesel agenda’ hinders falling emissions progress

The UK has seen carbon emissions from the automotive industry fall for the 19th consecutive year but the “anti-diesel agenda” could halt progress. The warning from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) comes as it believes the current agenda is driving more consumers to choose petrol vehicles, making it harder to meet emissions […]

Carmakers display vehicles in new low emission drive

Sixteen different car brands joined forces to show the range and diversity of alternatively fuelled vehicles available to consumers this week. In a display set against the backdrop of London’s Tower Bridge, the UK automotive sector showed the low-emission cars and vans drivers can buy to suit their lifestyles and driving needs. They include hybrids, […]

EU nations obliged to set ‘common’ alternative refuelling points

European member states are now obliged to build refuelling points for clean fuels with common standards for their design and use. Under new EU rules adopted today, nations will have to provide a minimum infrastructure for alternative fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas as well as a common plug for recharging electric vehicles. […]

More than 1.5m EVs could hit UK roads by 2020

The UK could have more than 1.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) by the end of the decade under new plans set by the EU. In a new clean fuel strategy launched yesterday, which aims to help build infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles across Europe, the European Commission (EC) revealed details of targets for EVs and […]

Rising demand for ‘green’ cars in 2012

New car registrations in the UK rose 5.3% last year to 2.04 million – the highest level since 2008, with a rising demand for ‘green’ cars. According to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which represents the UK car industry, registrations of ‘green’ or alternatively-fuelled cars rose 9.4% in 2012 […]