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A raft of funding for sustainable transport was announced in the recent budget.

This includes a £100 million investment into the research and development of Intelligent Mobility. This funding is to focus upon driverless cars and the systems needed to support their introduction, including telecommunications.


Announcing this initiative within the National Recovery part of his speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “we’re going to back our brilliant automotive industry by investing £100 million to stay ahead in the race to driverless technology.”

The £100 million investment will be matched by a similar commitment from businesses.

Business secretary, Vince Cable, said: “Today’s £200m investment will ensure the UK stays at the cutting edge and is well placed to profit from the growing market for high-tech vehicles of the future – creating jobs and driving economic growth.”

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.

Companies can now bid for a share of the funding through a series of competitions. Projects are expected to show the automotive, IT, telecoms and infrastructure sectors working together. They will aim to show how driverless cars would connect to the transport system and to each other.

This funding announcement follows the launch of driverless car trials in four British cities: Milton Keynes, Coventry, Bristol and Greenwich in London. Public interaction with the vehicles will be tested alongside the technology involved.

If you are interested in researching and developing sustainable transport technology, talk to the team at EValu8. We are aware of the funding opportunities available plus collaborative possibilities within consortiums applying for funding.


Glow-in-the-Dark EV


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The world’s first glow-in-the-dark car has ben driven along the world’s only luminescent highway.

Watch Nissan’s glow-in-the-dark LEAF on the luminous Smart Highway in Oss, Holland.

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Plug-In vehicles are more popular in the UK than ever before, with the biggest growth in sales of any European country. Why?

Here are our five ‘P’s explaining the success of the plug-ins:

1. Purchase. The maximum grant of £5,000 of funding support for vehicle purchase the UK government has been available since 2011. It offers a significant saving.

Plus – as most manufacturers now offer plug-in choices, options have increased and the premium associated with buying a plug-in vehicle is getter lower. Affordable options exist.

Renault UK is to offer flexible ownership packages with the ZOE and Kangoo Van ZE models, introducing the option of buying or leasing the EV’s battery. Leasing reduces the initial expense involved.

2. Penalties. Low emission cars are incentivised via low running costs, road tax, congestion charge and free parking opportunities. Bigger moves are on the way – penalising rather than encouraging drivers who aren’t ‘driving green’. London mayor Boris Johnson is preparing London to be the first Ultra Low City by 2020. He plans to increase to congestion charge for diesel vehicles to £10. Paris will be banning diesel engines from 2020. London could follow.

3. Pollution. Having been unsure – even cynical – about the environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles, popular opinion now accepts how important these are. New Scientist explains that low emissions are not the only advantage involved: the team estimate that replacing conventional cars with electric ones could have reduced the heat by nearly 1 °C.

4. Promises. Range anxiety is a big barrier when drivers think of moving from conventional to electric cars. Manufacturers are working hard to extend the distance that their vehicles will travel on a single charge. The Tesla model  S already boasts a market-leading range of 265 miles. Audi is promising an electric SUV with a 300 miles range by 2018

5. Popularity. In 2012, Toyota’s Takeshi Uchiyamada said: “The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge.” Fast forward to 2015. In just three years the industry has worked hard to address these lifestyle concerns. Almost every car manufacturer offers plug-in options. Charging speeds and infrastructure are also improving fast.

Tempted? Discuss the options available to individuals and organisations with the team at EValu8. We have the latest information on incentives and offer transport planning advice too. Contacts us for details.


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12 UK cities have been shortlisted as part of the government’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ City Scheme.

Details of the scheme were announced last September. A total of 12 cities have successfully reached the third, final application, phase of the funding process. Up to four of the most ambitious, deliverable and measurable plans will win a share of the £35 million investment.


The cities involved are:

– City of York Council

– Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland

– Dundee City Council

– Greater London Authority

– Leicester City Council

– Milton Keynes Council

– North East Combined Authority

– Nottingham City Council

– Oxford City Council

– Sheffield City Council

– West of England

– West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The scheme rewards cities that show how their plans could be rolled out across the UK, reports OLEV, (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). Applicants should also show how their initiatives complement other schemes in their city, such as wider transport policies like the Low Emission Bus and Taxi Schemes. Those cities that address local air quality issues, particularly in relation to NO2and other particulate matter, will also be considered favourably.

The final 2 – 4 cities achieving a share of the funding will be announced in autumn 2015.

Are you interested in increasing the number of Electric Vehicles on the road in your area?

Find out about the funding schemes available for  developing and utilising sustainable transport – talk to EValu8.

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Sales of plug-in cars have seen a dramatic rise across Europe during the last year – with the UK leading the way.

Norway remains the country with the greatest number of sales with 20,000 new registrations. The UK has seen the greatest growth however, with the sales increasing by 300% compared with this time last year.

Figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show how the UK sales compare with the overall European Union total:

Total Electrically Charged Vehicles = Pure Electric Vehicles + Extended-Range Electric Vehicles + Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Q4          Q4          % Chg                    Q1-Q4   Q1-Q4   % Chg

6,086     676         800.3%                  15,361   3,833     300.8%    UNITED KINGDOM

24,552   26,610   -7.7%                       75,331   55,144   36.6%     EUROPEAN UNION

Pure Electric Vehicles

Q4         Q4         % Chg                      Q1-Q4     Q1-Q4  % Chg

2,448     388       530.9%                    7,416        2,719    172.7%    UNITED KINGDOM

12,755    8,418      51.5%                     38,495   24,586   56.6%     EUROPEAN UNION

Electrically Charged Vehicles other than Pure Electric Vehicles = Extended-Range Electric Vehicles + Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Q4        Q4           % Chg                    Q1-Q4    Q1-Q4      % Chg

3,638     288        1163.2%                 7,945          1,114       613.2%   UNITED KINGDOM

11,797 18,192        -35.2%                 36,836     30,558      20.5%     EUROPEAN UNION

How many sales did the other European Union countries achieve? See the full figures at Electric Vehicle News.

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