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  • Ahead of the Smart Transport Conference on 18 September in Birmingham, some of the speakers are preparing to take to the stage, set out some of the issues they will tackle.

  • The vision of ‘Motorway Mobility’ is to use the existing motorway infrastructure together with autonomous vehicles and new transport hubs near to the motorway.

  • The latest findings from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) 2018 Vehicle Emissions Testing Programme highlight the threat to air quality improvements in ultra-low emission zones (ULEZs) from poor vehicle emissions from some Euro 6 cars
  • Greater Manchester has been told by the government to accelerate plans to include vans in its Clean Air Zone (CAZ), by two years.

  • Farnham, Hampshire-based Protean Electric has developed an advanced electric-drive ‘corner module’ concept for next-generation urban mobility pods.

    Called the Protean360+ it makes for a highly manoeuvrability vehicle that opens the door for ‘last mile’ cargo and parcel delivery services using Pod technology.

  • Royal Mail is to triple the size of its electric van fleet with the addition of 190 new vans within the next six months.

  • The Government has issued a call for evidence exploring the role of carbon offsetting in transport.

    It includes asking whether bus and coach operators should be required to offer voluntary carbon offsets to their customers

  • Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks.

  • Former Transport for London MD, Leon Daniels argues that the move to autonomous vehicles will ultimately save lives, compared with error-prone human drivers

  • Minister of State for Transport Michael Ellis MP says that the UK’s pledge to achieve a net zero greenhouse gas target by 2050 is an “an ambitious, but entirely achievable target.”
  • Leading by example on the next big business opportunity for the energy sector, two of the UK’s major energy suppliers - Centrica and SSE - have committed to switch their fleets to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.
  • With demand for clean, sustainable commercial vehicles set to grow in all cities around the world, LEVC publicly reveals its new light van - called the LCV - based on the highly successful zero emission-capable TX electric taxi.

  • Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected and autonomous vehicle - called Vera - has its first assignment.

    It will form part of an integrated transport system from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • Van operators are expecting to lead the conversion to electric vehicles in the commercial sector, with 71.4% of van operators who are considering using an alternative fuel, choosing electric.

  • To coincide with National Clean Air Day (June 20), the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has published a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Technology Guide to highlight the role that the wide range of retrofit technologies can play in improving air quality by cleaning up the existing vehicle fleet.

  • The Volvo Group has signed a deal with software specialist NVIDIA to develop an advanced artificial-intelligence platform for autonomous trucks.

  • LEVC’s new electric van - to be launched in 2020 - gives a 377-mile range. CEO describes it as ‘new and disruptive’. Based on the new electric London taxi, LEVC has revealed its new electric urban del ...
  • Clean Air Zones are being delayed due to a Government software system that has not been developed on time.

  • Go North East, has confirmed an order for nine E10 latest generation full electric buses with the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, Yutong
  • In response to widespread interest from European customers, Nikola Motor Company has created a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.