Volvo powers up electric chargepoint constructing electric vehicle

Auto giant is using electric construction machinery to install EV charge points in a bid to pioneer an entirely net zero value chain Auto giant Volvo has revealed how it is using electric machinery to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points at its UK dealerships in a bid to create an entirely net zero value … Read more

Car giant Stellantis injects €50m into lithium start-up in boost for EV plans

Automotive giant Stellantis has announced a major €50m equity investment in battery metals start-up Vulcan Energy Resources, while extending its existing lithium offtake agreement with the Australian start-up to 10 years in a move designed to bolster the firm’s electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plans. The equity investment from Stellantis – which was formed last year … Read more

Powering up the ‘dark hub’: Port debuts new EV delivery model

Car park operator Q-Park has teamed up with electric vehicle charging technology firm Port to today launch what it described as the world’s first ‘dark hub’ for zero emission delivery providers. The hub at Q-Park’s Leicester Square car park in London provides a group of state-of-the-art electric vehicles (EVs), locked and charged in dedicated docking … Read more

Reports: German finance minister pushes back against EU 2035 fossil fuel car ban plan

EU plans to ban sales of internal combustion engine cars from 2035 could face a significant roadblock in Germany, after the country’s finance minister yesterday expressed opposition to the target date, which forms a key pillar of Europe’s green agenda. The European Commission has proposed mandating a total phaseout of all new internal combustion engine … Read more

Connected Energy celebrates £15m funding boost for EV battery recycling vision

UK clean tech start-up Connected Energy has today announced it has secured £15m from a group of five leading investors in support of its plans to convert used electric vehicle (EV) batteries into commercial energy storage systems. Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., the Hinduja Group, Mercuria, OurCrowd, and Volvo Energy have joined Engie New Ventures, Macquarie, … Read more

Government axes plug-in car grant, as industry warns shock move comes at ‘worst possible time’

The government has today scrapped its flagship plug-in car grant scheme in a surprise move, pledging to refocus electric vehicle (EV) incentives and funding towards taxis, vans, trucks, and motorcycles, as well as the expansion of the public chargepoint network. Announcing the shock move this morning, the Department for Transport (DfT) said the plug-in car … Read more

'Historic decision': MEPs vote to end sale of petrol and diesel cars, but challenges remain for EU climate plans

A day of high drama in Brussels ended with a huge boost to efforts to phase out petrol and diesel cars and a row over reforms to the EU’s emissions trading scheme The scale of the divisions in Brussels over the future direction of the EU’s climate strategy were laid bare yesterday by a fractious … Read more

Electric vehicles continue to provide one bright spot for gloomy auto market

Electric vehicles (EVs) are continuing to buck worrying wider trends across the auto market, according to the latest monthly sales figures from the SMMT. The trade body confirmed this morning that new UK car registrations were 20 per cent lower year-on-year last month, marking the second weakest May for the new car market since 1992, … Read more

‘Environment is the next battleground’: Royal Mail pledges to deliver net zero by 2040

Royal Mail has today become the latest major company to pull forward its net zero emissions target date, pledging to reach the goal by 2040, a full 10 years earlier than its previous target. The new target date provides the centerpiece of a wide-ranging update to the company’s environmental strategy, which also includes new interim … Read more

Could plug-in vehicles comprise almost a quarter of passenger vehicle sales by 2025?

Internal combustion engine sales now in ‘permanent decline’ worldwide, but aggressive policy action still needed to hit climate goals warns, BloombergNEF Plug-in electrified vehicles are on track to make up over the fifth of the new passenger vehicle market in 2025, with global sales expected to rise from 6.6 million in 2021 to 20.7 million … Read more