Posts Tagged: Electric Vehicles in UK

New report urges UK government to invest in EV skills or risk missing out

A new report commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) urges the UK government to make significant investments in building charging infrastructure and improving skills in the UK motor industry or risk missing out on the economic benefits of a fast-growing industry. The author of the report, Professor Jim Saker of Loughborough University,… Read more »

Five BYD electric double-decker buses go into service in central London

The world’s most famous city bus is going electric. Transport for London (TfL) has been experimenting with several kinds of battery-electric and fuel cell buses since 2013. Now it has introduced an electric version of the capital’s iconic double-decker bus into revenue service. TfL is putting five BYD electric double decker buses into service on… Read more »

UK extends Plug-in Car Grant program

The UK government has announced that the current Plug-in Car Grant scheme, which offers rebates of up to £5,000 ($7,800) to EV buyers, will be extended until at least February 2016. The government previously said that the grant program would be reevaluated once 50,000 plug-in vehicles had been sold, a milestone that is now expected… Read more »

UK report delivers details of growing Ultra Low Emission Vehicles market

The UK government is one of the more proactive ones in Europe when it comes to electromobility – it is electrifying public transport, investing in charging infrastructure, and offering cash grants to EV buyers (and, in Scotland, interest-free loans). The UK Department for Transport has released a report detailing the results of its efforts so… Read more »

Norway and Netherlands lead in plug-in vehicle market share, Koreans feeling left out

It’s no surprise that EV usage is growing much faster in some countries than in others. A recent report from IHS Automotive comparing EV uptake in eight of the world’s most advanced economies shows huge differences not only in the market share of plug-in vehicles, but also in the specific models favored by consumers. Most… Read more »

London bus routes get charged

London’s world-famous red buses are steadily going electric. Two single-deck e-buses built by the Spanish firm Irizar went into passenger service last week on routes 507 and 521, which link Waterloo station with Victoria and London Bridge stations. By autumn of 2016, all 51 buses serving these two routes will be electric. E-buses from several… Read more »

UK plug-in vehicle sales start to accelerate

The UK government’s efforts to boost adoption of what it calls “ultra low emission vehicles” (ULEVs) seem to be yielding some results. In the first quarter of 2015, 9,046 new ULEVs (EVs, PHEVs and FCVs) were registered, up 366% from 1,789 in the first quarter of 2014. The UK’s plug-in car and van grants were… Read more »

Volvo XC90 plug-in sells out in UK, soon to go on sale in US

American Volvo fans have been feeling left out, watching the V60 diesel PHEV wagon shatter sales projections in Europe. However, their depression should lift soon, when the Swedish automaker introduces what it considers to be a more US-friendly model, the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid. The corded crossover will go on sale in… Read more »

UK study: EVs could cut oil imports 40% by 2030

Policymakers in many countries remain skeptical about the benefits of EVs, but a new study has added weight to the pro-EV argument, at least in the UK. According to a paper that was written by Cambridge Econometrics and commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, large-scale deployment of EVs could cut the UK’s oil imports by… Read more »

UK to award £35 million to low-emission “centers of excellence”

The UK Department for Transport has established a £35-million ($53-million) fund to enable selected metropolitan areas to become “centers of excellence for low-emission vehicles.” The agency recently announced a shortlist of 12 cities that are vying for a share of the dosh. From this list, 2-4 finalists will be selected to receive funding awards. The… Read more »