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The Government has announced major £28bn plans for the UK’s roads that will see the biggest ever upgrade of the existing network accompanied by a £500m boost for ultra-low emission vehicles.

Announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, the “Action for Roads” command paper is fully funded by June’s spending review and will see the national network of motorways and trunk roads gain extra lanes, smoother, quieter surfaces, improved junctions and new sections in key areas.

In addition, £12bn will be used for road maintenance over the course of the next parliament, with £6bn of this for maintenance and resurfacing 80% of motorways and major A-roads by 2020. The remaining £6bn will be spent on tackling the backlog of maintenance and reduce potholes on local roads which make up the rest of the country’s road network.

In addition, the Government is committing £500m to support the UK ultra-low emission vehicle industry, saying that it is ‘demonstrating its determination to support UK jobs while achieving the twin goals of decarbonising motor vehicles and improving air quality’.

The changes will also see the Highways Agency turned into a publicly owned company with six year funding certainty for capital projects and maintenance.

The funding and reform will be underpinned by legislation so future governments cannot walk away from these commitments.

Patrick McLoughlin said: ‘Today’s (16 July 2013) changes will bring an end to the short-term thinking that has blighted investment in England’s roads so that we can deliver the infrastructure our economy needs. Backed by the government’s £28bn commitment, they will give us a road network fit for the 21st century and beyond.’

The move has been greeted by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Chief executive Gerry Keaney said: ‘UK road users pay £47bn in motoring taxes each year and will welcome the fact that more of this money will be used to make their journeys safer, less congested and with a reduced impact on the environment.

‘The BVRLA has consistently called for the Highways Agency to be made a publically owned, non-political body that can provide a long-term continuity of investment for motorists. As the trade body representing the business motorist  we are keen to work with the Department for Transport in developing a robust ‘Motorists Champion’ that can speak for the needs of consumers and at-work road users.

‘We also look forward to helping OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) allocate this extra £500m for electric vehicles. The current range of plug-in incentives have had a disappointing impact on the market for ultra-low carbon vehicles. We believe that some of this new £500m should be spent on longer-term, in-life incentives such as VED-exemption, subsidised charging points and free parking, which would support current owners of electric cars and vans and stimulate demand for used plug-in vehicles.’

 

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A long standing barrier to driving green: Electric Vehicles take too long to recharge.

Tesla Motors knows this.

MIT Technology Review reports that Tesla’s technology team is working hard to reduce charging time. Its current ‘supercharge stations ’ – pictured left – can recharge your EV battery in just 20 minutes.

The team is confident that it can be reduced to just five minutes. Not much longer than filling your car with petrol.

Tesla’s chief technology officer, JB Straubel, said: “It’s not going to happen in a year from now. It’s going to be hard. But I think we can get down to five to 10 minutes.”

Tesla’s battery packs hold more than three times the energy of other EV batteries. This means they take far longer to charge; five hours of home charging takes you just half way to being fully recharged. Supercharging is a competitive necessity for the EV manufacturer.

The secret of their charging success? Straubel has explained that Tesla designs and builds all of the key components itself. They’re all created to work together for optimal compatibility and performance, unhindered by having to adapt for different EV models. He said “To do that kind of charging, everything has to be designed and working in perfect synchrony.”

Tesla aims to create an appealing option for EV drivers… recharging while you wait.

Whilst Tesla develops this exciting option, EValu8 can help with your home and on-site charging options. We may even be able to offer charging point funding to help with the purchase and installation. Please do contact the Evalu8 team and see how we can help.

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Looking for advice on how to successfully use plug-in vehicles in your business?

Energy Saving Trust, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and in partnership with Route Monkey and EDF Energy, is offering 100 organisations free analysis and a tailored review. 

to receive:

– analysis of where and how plug-in vehicles could work in your business

– a whole life cost analysis, comparing existing vehicles with suitable plug-in alternatives

– infrastructure advice

– a tailored final report.

Eligibility criteria: organisations in England with vehicles under 3.5 tonnes. You see how to apply

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PIFI 100 follows the successful original Plugged-in Fleets Initiative which involved 20 companies receiving free guidance and a strategic plan for the introduction of plug-in vehicles into their fleets.  You can find out how City of York Council got on,

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The take-up of Electric Vehicles across Europe will offer communities benefits far greater than the sustainable, environmentally friendly mobility. A consortium of transport sector stakeholders has published a research report which confirms that greater EV market penetration would offer Europe:

– Jobs creation due to increased spending on vehicle technology and spending diverted from imported fossil fuels. By 2050, jobs increase by 1.9 million to 2.3 million in all low-carbon scenarios examined.

– The fuel bill for Europe’s car and van fleet is reduced by €58 – 83 billion in 2030 by a shift to low-carbon vehicles and by €115 – 180 billion in 2050. (excluding taxes and duties)

– CO2 is also cut by between 64% and 97% by 2050. Air quality is significantly improved, with emissions of health-damaging particulates down by 73 – 95% by 2050.

Demand is reduced for a small fraction of auto sector professions, and some skill shortages also emerge during the transition.

The pace of change is likely to allow time for the development of the relevant new skills in Europe, if industry, governments and academic institutions start planning now.

See more details from Car21 here – members may download the full report. Are you interested in driving an EV, or have a great idea which involves low carbon transport? The EValu8 team can help with current information and access to funding. Please contact us. We’re here to help.

 

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