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U.K. Vehicle Ownership Reaches Record Levels

Despite a sales slump even before the coronavirus struck, U.K. vehicle ownership rises to its highest-ever figure.

New data shows 40.4 million cars, light-commercial vehicles and trucks are registered for use on British roads. Encouragingly for the economy, LCV ownership has risen 2.7% to 4.5 million vehicles and heavy-duty truck use is at its highest in 30 years. Many of these vehicles are helping provide transport for essential workers, deliveries and emergency services.

Some 25,000 ambulance and fire service vehicles, together with more than 20,000 supermarket delivery trucks are keeping the nation safe, supermarket shelves stocked, and the flow of food, medicine and care to vulnerable people going during the coronavirus crisis.

Research for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows overall vehicle ownership increased 1% year-on-year at a time when new-vehicle sales have been curtailed apparently by concerns over the economic impact of Brexit.

The data also

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New Goulburn battery beats grid upgrade for electric vehicle ultra rapid charging

Australian fast charging company ChargeFox has installed a sizeable battery installation in Goulburn to support its new ultra-rapid electric vehicle charger, as well as earning income from providing frequency services to the grid, and saving money by avoiding a grid upgrade.

The 250kW/273kWh battery, using LG-Chem cells and Vacon inverters, has been designed and installed by PowerTec, and is the second time that ChargeFox has chosen a battery as a cheaper alternative to upgrading the permanent power supply at a charging site.

“In Goulburn we have a 180kW connection to the grid, which powers about 30kW of constant load at the service station, leaving 150kW for the chargers. We’ve installed 750kW of Tritium chargers there, with about 50kW of solar coming,” says Evan Beaver, head of charging at ChargeFox.

“The battery is 250kW/273kWh, and monitors the grid supply, the petrol station load and the charger demand and lops the demand

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India’s Vehicle Scrappage Policy To Be Finalised Soon

India will soon bring in its vehicle scrappage policy which is expecting a final clearance from the finance ministry, will focus on eradicating the old polluting commercial vehicles plying in the country.




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Vehicle Scrapping Policy likely to finalised soon; says Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday said India’s own vehicle scrappage policy is likely to be finalised soon. According to a report in PTI, India will soon get its vehicle scrappage policy. The highly-awaited policy is awaiting a final clearance from the finance minsitry. The policy will focus on scrapping old polluting vehicles plying in the country. Once approved, the policy will be applicable on all vehicles including two-wheelers and three-wheelers. The Union Minister also mentioned that this policy will help  boost the automobile sector and it will also help in reducing the production cost. The vehicle scrappage policy was earlier sent for an additional consultation

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Low or No Emission Vehicle Program – 5339(c)

What’s New

Overview

The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

  • Watch our four-minute video highlighting the Low and No-Emission Grant Program, which supports new technologies that are changing the makeup of bus fleets nationwide.  

Allocation of Funding

Funding is allocated to projects on a competitive basis, from proposals submitted to FTA in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Past project selections include:

Technical Assistance

  • View the April 2018 National RTAP Webinar: FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing
  • FTA contracts with the National Renewable Energy Lab to evaluate zero-emission bus research and demonstration projects. 
  • FTA hosted webinars on deploying low- or no-emission buses that 
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