New jobs on the horizon as Britain leads green motoring revolution
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Released 27 Oct 2008
New initiatives to put Britain at the forefront of a green motoring
revolution by encouraging a mass market in electric and hybrid cars have been
With the potential to create up to 10,000 new British jobs and help preserve
many thousands more; this comes as part of wider Government plans to make the
most of the low carbon economy, with estimates that around a million green jobs
could be generated by 2030.
Fulfilling Gordon Brown's pledge this summer to speed up the delivery of low
carbon and electric vehicles for ordinary motorists, experts from across the
globe are gathered in Whitehall today to examine how to turn this into a
Speaking at this International Experts Meeting, Transport Secretary Geoff
Hoon set out the next steps across Government to deliver a £100 million
commitment to accelerate the emergence of the greener vehicles of tomorrow. As
part of this 100 electric cars will be provided in UK towns and cities to allow
families and other motorists the opportunity to feedback the practical steps
needed to make greener motoring an everyday reality.
"Electric cars and other low carbon vehicles, like plug-in hybrids, cut fuel
costs and reduce harmful emissions. If we can inspire more people to use them,
it will help us to make a positive impact on climate change.
"Alongside this, their research and manufacture is an emerging industry with
the potential to create new jobs and safeguard existing employment in the UK.
Therefore exploring how to ensure they are a practical and affordable everyday
option makes sense all round. That is what the cross Government package of
measures announced today will do."
Motor manufacturers will be invited to bid for the opportunity to participate
in a £10 million project to run electric car and ultra low carbon vehicle
demonstration projects, overseen by the Technology Strategy Board. This will see
around 100 electric cars provided to allow families and other motorists the
opportunity to feedback the practical steps needed to make greener motoring an
At the same time, up to £20m has been dedicated to UK research into improving
technology that could make electric and other green cars more practical and
This follows the publication of important new research which concludes that,
correctly managed, the UK power system could support widespread use of electric
cars and their charging needs without requiring large numbers of new power
Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson, said:
"Investment in greener motoring forms part of our plan to put the UK at the
forefront of the new low carbon revolution. We know our automotive sector has a
global reputation for taking forward new technology and we want the UK to be at
the heart of new developments in electric vehicles.
"In the recent Manufacturing Strategy we made clear our determination to
support the next generation of low carbon cars and today we are delivering on
our promises. Work will continue next year when we produce our low carbon
Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation, added:
"The technologies for low carbon vehicles are developing fast, whether for
all-electric, hybrid or alternative fuels. The challenge for the UK is to ensure
industry takes full advantage of this shift and explores opportunities now, to
position itself as a world leader in low carbon vehicle technology in the long
"To do this, the Government-funded Technology Strategy Board is providing
further investment of up to £30m to support industry R&D and demonstrations of
electric and other low carbon vehicles. This investment will accelerate the
development of these vehicles and bring benefits to UK businesses and,
ultimately, help to meet the UK's emissions targets."
The Government has already committed to removing the barriers that could slow
a changeover to greener motoring. This includes a commitment to facilitate the
roll-out of charging infrastructure through the planning system and to
collaborating with other countries to develop international standards and
consider how best to encourage the right consumer market to promote electric and
other low carbon vehicles.
Work also continues with energy companies and the National Grid to assess the
impact on the electricity system of the widespread use of electric drive
To encourage the mass production of green vans for the first time, the
Department for Transport also announced today that 10 companies have been
shortlisted to bid to provide electric and low carbon vans to some councils and
other public sector bodies, like the Royal Mail, as part of a £20m programme to
ensure all road transport emissions are reduced. Liverpool, Newcastle,
Gateshead, Coventry, Glasgow and Leeds will be among the first councils to trial
green vans on their streets.
The 10 companies are: Ford; Mercedes Benz; Citroen; Ashwoods; Land Rover,
Modec; Smiths; Electric Vehicles; LDV; Nissan and Allied Vehicles. A list of the
public sector bodies are provided in the notes to editors.
Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon added:
"Vans make up around 15% of road transport emissions in the UK, and their
emissions are rising more than any other mode of road transport.
"That's why we are committed to this new programme to help kick-start the
market. In the public sector there is considerable demand for vans so we want to
use our spending power to lead the way in developing lower carbon options that
will appeal across the board."
1. The new competitions announced today are funded by the Technology Strategy
Board's Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform (LCVIP). The next phase of the
LCVIP is a £100m programme over 5 years with funding coming from the Technology
Strategy Board (£20m), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
(£10m) and Department for Transport (£10m). Major contributions have also been
received from two Regional Development Agencies - the Advantage West Midlands
(£30m) and One North East (£30m).
2. The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental
public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support
research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation
for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve
the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Innovation,
Universities and Skills (DIUS).
Vehicle pilot and research and development competitions announced today
3. The ultra low carbon vehicle demonstration competition aims to see up to
100 new innovative cars on the road in several locations around the UK by the
end of 2009. This competition has up to £10m of funding available and will
provide a portion of the costs for business led demonstration projects of
vehicles with tailpipe emissions of 50g CO2/km or less and a significant
electric only range. Applications will be requested in January 2009. The
Technology Strategy Board aims to announce the successful projects in March.
4. To ensure that this demonstration fully considers the attitudes of
consumers, the Technology Strategy Board will undertake a series of public
dialogue initiatives. DIUS will provide support to this activity through the
Sciencewise ERC, providing the networking across Government to ensure that the
views of consumers are taken into account in the development of Government
policy in this area.
5. The Energy Technologies Institute will then hold a stakeholder workshop in
December, to develop a second wave of demonstrations focused on understanding
the requirements of the charging infrastructure, building on the early pilots of
100 innovative cars tested by ordinary motorists.
6. The electrification of road transport has been identified by stakeholders
as a critical area of research and development to achieve a longer term vision
of decarbonisation. The research competition launched today (into improving
technology to make green cars more affordable) provides up to £10m for business
led collaborative research and development to support projects in all areas
relevant to the development of enabling system and sub-system technologies to
deliver more cost effective and higher performing all-electric and hybrid
vehicles for mass market applications. Applications will be invited from 19th
January 2009 with a deadline for expressions of interest of 26th February 2009 -
project decisions will be expected in May 2009.
7. The second research competition (launched by the Technology Strategy Board
today) is an open technology competition for wider collaborative projects
covering all vehicle technologies capable of delivering large scale carbon
reductions in the coming decades. This competition will have between £5 and £10m
available and applications will be invited from June 2009 with project decisions
expected in November 2009. Further detail on these two competitions will be
available on the Technology Strategy Board website -
8. A third element of research activity provides funding for the underpinning
basic university-led research on lower carbon vehicle technology. This will
support research relevant to lower carbon vehicles, which could potentially be
taken forward into collaborative research and development activity in the
future. Next year the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will be
committing £3m towards academic-led research within the Integrated Delivery
Programme remit. Further details of the call and any priorities will be
available when the call is announced.
9. BERR and the Department for Transport commissioned a study by Cenex - the
UK Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell - technologies and
engineering consultants Arup into the electrification of road transport. This
study considers a wide range of issues relevant to the development and roll out
of electric vehicles. The study will be published on BERR's website:
International Experts Meeting
10. Low Carbon Cars: Exploring the Challenge of bringing Electric Vehicles to
Market International Experts' Meeting is being arranged by the Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for
Transport (DfT) in London on Monday 27 and Millbrook, Bedfordshire on Tuesday 28
October at the National Low Carbon Vehicle event.
11. 140 people are expected to attend the event. They include industry,
academia and Government representatives from countries such as Japan, India,
France, Germany, USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark,
Israel, Czech Republic, Norway and Sweden.
12. Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental
Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation
Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). In February 2007,
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Sperling to the "automotive" seat on the
California Air Resources Board. His chief responsibilities are oversight and
design of the state's climate change, alternatives fuels, and zero emission
vehicle programs. He also served as co-director of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
study for the State of California. Dr. Sperling is recognised as a leading
international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and
environmental aspects of transportation and transportation policy.
13. Other speakers at the event include: The Secretary of State for
Transport, Geoff Hoon who will be giving further details on the move to greener
motoring; Ian Marchant from Scottish and Southern Energy; Terunobu Yamauchi,
from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tayce Wakefield of General
Motors and Lewis Booth from the Ford Motor Company.
14. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) helps
UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
DfT Green Van Procurement Programme
15. The Department for Transport's low carbon vehicle procurement programme
is a £20m programme to support the demonstration and use of lower carbon
vehicles in the public sector. The programme, which is managed by Cenex, is
initially focussed on vans. The 10 companies shortlisted to bid to supply both
lower carbon (more fuel efficient) and all-electric vans to the public sector
a. lower carbon van: Ford; Mercedes Benz; Citroen; Ashwoods; Land Rover
b. all electric van: Modec; Smiths; Electric Vehicles; LDV; Nissan; Allied
16. Local authorities in Liverpool, Newcastle & Gateshead, Coventry, Leeds
and Glasgow have been selected to participate in the first phase of the
programme. All have been selected following a fully competitive UK-wide process.
These local authorities are added to the existing six initial public sector
organisations involved in the programme which have already been announced and
are: Royal Mail; H M Revenue & Customs; Metropolitan Police; Transport for
London; Environment Agency; Government Car and Despatch Agency.
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