£24m offered for zero emission vehicle tech

Funding worth £24 million is being made available for new technologies that can significantly reduce emissions at the vehicle tailpipe. Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of the cash to develop low-cost and highly integrated systems that enable zero-emission journeys. Funding is available for three types of projects: feasibility studies into technology, […]

Government offers £2m for hydrogen EVs

A new £2 million competition to encourage more businesses to switch to hydrogen-fuelled electric vehicles (EVs) has been launched. Local authorities, health trusts, police forces and private companies can bid for a share of the cash under the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet Support Scheme. FCEVs emit no CO2 or other harmful pollutants and […]

Public acceptance ‘biggest challenge for EVs’

The biggest challenge in getting consumers to drive electric vehicles (EVs) is the “lack of normalisation”. That’s according to Peter Laslett, Deputy Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission cars. They include pure battery-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and plug in-hybrid vehicles. Mr […]

UK extends plug-in car grant scheme

The UK Government is extending the current plug-in car grant scheme until next year. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) made the announcement today in a bid to encourage the uptake of more electric cars. It will continue to offer discounts worth up to £5,000 on plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs) until at […]

90% of trial drivers would recommend EVs

More than 90% of drivers who took part in the UK’s “largest” trial of electric vehicles (EVs) said they would recommend it to others. The 12-month programme provided a range of test EVs to private and corporate fleet drivers to use every day, with more than 300 cars covering over 276,000 trips and clocking up […]

South Korea switches on electric car charging road

South Korea could be speeding ahead with electric car charging on the move – installing a road which charges battery-powered buses wirelessly. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) says its Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) can be charged while stationary or driving. It’s the first road of its kind in the world. Two […]