The number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded 3 million in 2017, a 54% increase compared with 2016, according to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s Global Electric Vehicles Outlook.
Britain’s supply of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles could dry up after Brexit as carmakers will lose a strong incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a new report has found. The UK was the third largest market for zero emission vehicles in the EU last year, and the largest for plug-in hybrids. But as British sales of these cars will no longer count towards carmakers’ EU CO2 targets after Brexit, they may choose not to sell them in the UK at all, according to the analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E).
A novel fully electrified car and passenger ferry will help efforts to decarbonise maritime transport. It will also overcome limitations in distances for such boats by targeting medium-range connections.
In 1975 Japan’s government backed a new home video system which it felt would help the countries industry compete in a new and potential huge market, this technology was Betamax. Within just a few years it had lost the video format wars to its rival VHS and those who had bought into the Betamax revolution were left scrabbling to justify their investments. For EU mobility policy makers, this exemplifies the problem when trying to plan for a new carbon neutral future, it is exceptionally difficult to plan a cost effective and coherent policy when so many fledgling technologies are trying to capture market share and when each option could be the transport of the future.
The City of Groningen has been announced as the host of the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in 2019. The news was announced by Maja Bakran Marchich, deputy Director General of DG MOVE, during the closing plenary of the 5th SUMP conference.