They also emphasized that fast and effective update of electric and autonomous vehicles will require consistency, collaboration and inter-operability. Caroline May, Partner and Head of Safety and Environment, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP opened the discussion with an acknowledgment of the broader context of low carbon transport having a key role to play in the UK meeting its Paris climate change targets. She highlighted a raft of policies for London and more widely across the UK which are helping to stimulate a cleaner transport future — including the Green Growth Strategy, the Clean Air Strategy, the Industrial Strategy, the draft London Transport Strategy and the Environment Strategy.
The question was posed as to what more the government can do to help drive a low carbon future further forwards. Panellists recommended further incentives to encourage the uptake of cleaner electric vehicles such as tax breaks, scrappage schemes and subsidised purchase prices , bringing forward the Electric Vehicle bill introduction date, encouraging a clearer infrastructure pipeline, increased support for storage, and greater procurement and deployment of rapid charging infrastructure.
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London, Energy and Environment, set the stage for the debate, emphasizing the importance of EVs to reducing pollution, congestion, and noise, to improving public health, to boosting local business and to long term investment. Shirley noted the relevance of the event, timed well with recent consultations on the Mayor's draft Transport and Environment Strategies for London which emphasise urgency in tackling air pollution in London. This is demonstrated by the Mayor's target to transform London into a zero carbon city by , with zero emission zones by She noted a paradigm shift in the London market, with London having twice the electric vehicle sales as the rest of country.
To meet the zero targets, Shirley argued that "this is going to mean some tough decisions, but it will be good for our economy, boost local businesses and attract long-term investment. Importantly, the industrial opportunity we hope to create depends on a strong partnership with industry and government.
Shirley noted that there is a "huge appetite from all sectors to get stuck into this issue" and that London needs to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to the transition to EVs and low carbon transport. Richard Gordon, Commercial Director at the London EV Company, emphasised charge anxiety which is now taking over from range anxiety as one of the most important barriers to the broader uptake of EVs.
He called on the government to develop a strategy for the widespread roll out of rapid charging infrastructure. Richard also highlighted the differences between the upfront and whole life cost of EVs, arguing that whilst on a long term basis EVs will offer a big reduction in operating costs, consumers are only willing to pay more for these vehicles upfront if accompanied by accessibility of charging points. Richard called on government to therefore commit to a minimum of , rapid charge points in London by the end of to offer more upfront security to consumers.
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He noted that one of the key aspects of transport is accessibility, a service that taxi cabs provide, and that accessibility must be an integral part of a strategy for developing EV infrastructure. Furthermore, Richard argued it was crucial for national government to ensure interoperability of policies and new infrastructure as well as transparent pricing to create a regulatory environment where all sectors realise benefits. Putting their money where their mouth is, the company has a target that 90 per cent of all taxis sold by will be new energy vehicles.
By UKPN expect to have 1. This will require the removal of regulatory barriers, in order to have a focus on data and data management. A large focus of UKPN is concerned with the speed of uptake and where this will occur. Where a network operator's current focus is on a mostly fixed asset, EVs are unpredictable energy consumers and ones that move around, can charge in different places, and at different times in the day and night. Ian emphasised the role of strategic investment in this debate and where and how to develop infrastructure ahead of demand without risking the creation of stranded assets if transport becomes more of a service than an asset.
Ian argued that to meet these challenges, the UK needs policy that facilitates data sharing. This data can better assist network operators to see what is ahead, and to prepare for trends in energy demand. Furthermore, Ian called on government to support innovation funding as this is crucial to create a market to drive thinking and policy.
Jonathan Hampson, General Manager of Zipcar, argued that the debate on the uptake of greener forms of transport must talk about fewer cars, not just greener cars. Jonathan noted that the challenges we face are chronic and often interwoven and so the solutions must be bold and interconnected. Jonathan recognised the inherent contradiction in the uptake of individually owned EVs for a low carbon future.
Jonathan stressed the need for a clear vision that both public and private sectors, and importantly investors, can support. He noted that EV technology is still a nascent industry and that a successful uptake depends on collaboration with mutual benefit. He raised the point that 87 per cent of companies in a recent survey indicated that they wanted EVs in their fleet, but were not prepared to pay more for them. He therefore called on government to set the framework for this positive collaboration with tenders where both public and private sectors can benefit.
Echoing one of the main themes of our AV roundtable discussion, he saw partnerships as the key for success and highlighted the example of Zipcar partnering with Volkswagen and Westminster Council to provide a shared fleet of 50 hybrid vehicles.
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The discussion focused on the 3 questions below: When does it become convenient not to own a car?
Which technology will prevail? What will individual transport look like in ? Ian argued the UK government must take action in three areas to prepare for the uptake of EVs: Aim not to be a blocker and work with others to develop systems that can manage fluctuating electricity demand; Commit to infrastructure reinforcement that supports the surge in EVs; Facilitate better communication between sectors to share ideas that push innovation, capability, and uptake. The country is now applying what it learned with two-wheelers to accelerate the electrification of four-wheelers. China now has more than electric-car makers, along with hundreds of additional companies that supply components for electric cars.
The most crucial and expensive of these components is the battery, and China now has a tight grip on the global supply of the elements needed to manufacture them. Batteries are made up of four components: anode, cathode, separator, and electrolyte. But are they? The total cost of owning an electric bus—which is to say its upfront price along with its lifetime fuel and maintenance costs—is already lower than that of gasoline-powered buses in much of the world. That makes sense.
Electric vehicles are much more efficient, which means they require less energy to move the same distance than a gasoline-powered car. On top of that, for each unit of energy, electricity is almost always cheaper than gasoline.
Thus, the more an electric vehicle runs for the cheaper it becomes. That makes fleet vehicles, like buses and taxis, the best candidates for buying electric versions.
Porsche, one of Volkswagen's premium brands, confirmed on Friday that it would start producing its first all-electric sports car — the Taycan — on September 9. You may be surprised to know the Electric Car is not actually a modern concept and the EV Electric Vehicle timeline begins over years ago. Volvo XC40 EV. No longer is the issue of air pollution, for instance, out of the table. Ford F This helps explain the unusual dynamic of the Trump administration trying to loosen regulations to allow cars to burn more gasoline only to get pushback from the same auto companies that would supposedly benefit from the change. Energy The future is electric The global automobile fleet is marching forward to wean away from fossil fuels.
Currently, the US leads the self-driving-car industry, thanks to its swarms of software engineers in Silicon Valley.