Low carbon vehicles industry receives £84m boost

The low carbon vehicles industry has received a £84 million boost from government and the private sector. BEIS and the industry are providing £42 million each through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). A total of five projects from McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Turner Powertrain and Dearman have won a share of the fund to develop innovate low […]

Government in partnership to launch low carbon vehicles

A partnership of 13 automotive companies, government organisations and energy companies has been formed to secure UK’s global role in the manufacture of ultra-low carbon vehicles. The new initiative, UK H2Mobility, will speed up the development and introduction of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in the UK before the launch to consumers in 2014/15. Business Minister Mark Prisk […]

Electric car test drives hit the fast lane

Fourteen people yesterday each took delivery of a 100% electric Nissan Leaf car as part of a major low carbon vehicle test drive in North East England. The Switch EV project, which began last September, is one of eight UK projects supported by the Technology Strategy Board’s £25m Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstrator Programme and […]

Rolls Royce unveils first electric car

Rolls Royce today unveiled its first electric car at the Geneva Motor Show. The 102EX is heavily inspired by the Rolls Royce Phantom, and Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls Royce chief executive, said: “With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars […]

Porsche founder heads UK hydrogen car maker

A founder of the Porsche company and former boss of Volkswagen has been appointed chairman of a UK company developing hydrogen fuel cell cars. Sebastian Piech takes over at Riversimple from John Constable, who died last month after a short illness. Riversimple hopes to have60 cars involved in trials in two regions of the UK […]

Low carbon cars a priority for motor industry

Investment in low emission cars is a key priority for the motoring industry over the next five years, a group of top executives have said. Development of hybrid cars, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell technology is vital for growing the automotive industry, said 93% of 200 auto executives in a survey carried out by consultants […]

Nine electric cars eligible for grant cash unveiled

The government has revealed nine models of electric cars that will be eligible for grants of up to £5,000. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and Business Minister Mark Prisk also unveiled five more regions that will be installing local charging points having successfully bid for a share of a £20m fund. The first nine cars to […]

Six consortia bag £24m for low carbon vehicle projects

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today announced that £24m will go to six innovative projects that aim to support UK’s ultra low carbon vehicles industry. Six consortia, led by auto industry giants such as Ford and Jaguar Landrover, will run innovation projects in partnership with academia with a focus on developing the supply chain. The consortia […]

LCV2010 hits top gear

Low carbon vehicle technologies in the UK move into the fast lane today at LCV2010. The event opened yesterday at Millbrook in Bedfordshire as the UK bids to lead the way in environmentally-friendly transport development. Suzanne Gray, project manager for the Mini E, said; “We’re here to showcase the fact that we are continuing to […]

Midlands’ cities put electric car project in gear

Electric car drivers in Coventry and Birmingham are using a network of charging points inthe latest stage of the UK’s largest ultra low carbon vehicles trial. The charging points have been installed by E.ON for a project called Cabled (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators), a trial of 110 vehicles being tested in the next […]