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Details of government support up to 2020 were announced yesterday, reflecting the growth in popularity for plug-in vehicles.

These measures assist the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK through funding support for chargepoints at people’s homes, on our streets and the public sector estate.

A wave of chargepoints to support the fast-growing popularity of plug-in vehicles will be installed across the UK after the government set out £32 million of infrastructure support up to 2020.

In addition, another £11 million of funding has been announced to boost the UK’s position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation. The funding will be provided to 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, working together on 15 research and development projects.

·         As part of the UK Government Commitment of over £500million to 2020, £32m is being dedicated to offset the cost of installing infrastructure in order to remove barriers to the ever increasing take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. In combination with the £15m announced by the Highways Agency to install rapid chargers across the Strategic Road Network (“SRN”) this support totals £47m.

·         £15m is being made available to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, supporting EV drivers to charge safely at home. EV buyers will receive a 75% grant up to an initial maximum of £700 towards the installation of a chargepoint, effective from 13th April 2015.

·         £8m will be available to support public infrastructure across the UK. 75% grants will support on street residential, public sector estate, train station car park and rapid and destination charging. Alongside £15m of funding from the Highways Agency, this will deliver rapid charging across the Strategic Road Network and also offer funding to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets.

·         Bids for these schemes will open in May 2015. These schemes will ensure new technologies can be supported to address the specific challenges of providing on street residential charging. They will also be now open to 7kw and 22kw destination chargepoints, in addition to rapids, to reflect the ULEV driver preferences.

·         The remaining £9m will be utilised in the period to address key strategic issues including maintenance, interoperability and accessibility which will ensure the UK continues to build a world class charging network.

More detailed information is available from OLEV and the Department of Transport by clicking here.

If you would like to discuss any of funding opportunities, please contact the team at EValu8.

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The Innov8 with EValu8 project has helped over 100 businesses across the region. We are delighted to have helped these companies to grow and introduce new products to the market.

The scheme is now closed and the EValu8 team is delighted to have provided the targeted number of vouchers to a wide range of businesses across Herts, Beds, Cambs, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.


“The Innovation Vouchers were intended to support businesses offering ideas, product and services which promoted sustainable transport and reduced CO2 emission levels,” explains Russell Fenner of EValu8.

“We’ve assisted businesses in a wide range of sectors – from engine design to electric bikes and new technology – all aimed at supporting low emission, sustainable transport.”

He adds: “The EValu8 team would like to thank everyone who participated within the scheme and ensured that the funding made a positive contribution to their businesses.”

Although the Innovation Voucher funding has expired, EValu8 is still supporting businesses that either are working in, or aiming for, the sustainable transport sector.

In particular, EValu8 can help with:

- Collaborative bids – partner with us to get your innovations to a wider market and attract funding to support sustainable transport projects

- Testing your ideas –take advantage of our charging network and related infrastructure to test your electric vehicle innovations

- Maximise your marketing impact – make sure your messaging and approach is right for your market place

Talk to the team at EValu8 – let’s make the most of the opportunities available.

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Improved battery technology has boosted expected sales of commercial EVs.

A new report from Navigant Research shows that global sales are expected to reach 160,000 per year by 2023. That’s a huge increase from the 16,000 level achieved in 2014.

Due to advances in battery technology and range, electric hybrid vehicles are becoming a realistic option for commercial applications.

This is especially true when a lot of city driving in stop-start traffic is involved, reports Pure Green Cars.

Governments’ action to reduce emissions from city traffic will encourage take-up in large urban areas. Japan is forecast to achieve 21.2% conversion to electric commercial vehicles by 2023.

David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant research commented “Overall, we expect diesel hybrid drive to remain the most popular of the electrically assisted medium- and heavy-duty vehicle powertrains for the whole of the forecast period. Battery-electric commercial vehicles will also see growth in demand within urban fleets that average low daily mileage.”

This forecast is good news for London mayor, Boris Johnson. He is determined that London will become the first Ultra Low Emission zone by 2020.

London has a fleet of 800 hybrid buses with 900 more to be introduced by the end of next year. London’s bus fleet will then be 20% hybrid.

Are you involved with transport planning? With technological advances and many practical options, there’s a lot to consider. Talk to EValu8; we can support you in a variety of ways.

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When it comes to new cars, technology has become as important as manufacturing.

In fact, car-making companies have become increasingly reliant upon technology partnerships.

The reality of driverless cars, automated vehicle charging and connected software is upon us. How will this affect the traditional make up of the car industry?

According to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, technology companies such as Google have the potential to disrupt rather than dominate the car manufacturing industry. (Google launched its own self-driving car last year.)

In an article by Automotive News, Zetsche said: “Google and the likes want to get involved, I don’t think in the first place to build vehicles. We have to understand that, and then to find our roles, to which extent they are complementary, to which extent we become dependent, to which extent we are competitors.”

This is illustrated by the issue of controlling data collected from cars, including self-driving vehicles. Zetsche explains: “When we talk about high safety with Mercedes, it does not apply specifically for protection from accidents, but this means safety of their personal data as well. To be able to provide that, we have to keep control, and we can’t do that when it is collected by Google.”

As technology plays an increasingly larger role within car manufacturing this dilemma will have to be addressed. It seems that the car industry will have to develop secure collaboration alongside connectivity and capability.

Are you thinking about your transport strategy for the future? Talk to EValu8 about the range of sustainable travel options you could consider.

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The BMWi3 advert ‘Newfangled Idea’ will appear during the first quarter of tonight’s SuperBowl XLIX.

The 60 second clip marks BMW’s return to advertising during the American Football Super Bowl after a four year break.

‘Newfangled Idea’ likens the introduction of Electric Vehicles to when the internet was first used.

“In 1994, people had not yet grasped what the internet was, which is similar to how electric mobility is viewed today,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing, BMW of North America. “Electric mobility is at a tipping point. We are on the verge of something great and we hope that with this spot, we can educate audiences about the BMW i3 and e-mobility in a fun and engaging way.”

Have a look at the advert here:

Plus – enjoy a look ‘behind the scenes’… here’s how the BMW i3’s Super Bowl advert was made:

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