The SMMT released its UK passenger car registration figures for January shortly after the government announced its ambition to end the sale of all vehicles with an internal combustion engine, including HEVs and PHEVs, by 2035. In response to the announcement, the SMMT calls for caution. It points out that hybrids and plug-in hybrids are zero-emission capable, and therefore views both as vehicles not only bringing “significant environmental benefits today,” but also an “important stepping stone in helping motorists make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle.”
India’s car market leader Maruti Suzuki has unveiled a new concept vehicle ahead of the Auto Expo 2020 show, which begins tomorrow. Called the Concept Futuro-e, the SUV coupe gives a taste of what can be expected from the car maker’s ‘Mission Green Million’ plan to sell a million low emission vehicles in the next few years. Yokohama has developed a BluEarth tyre for the concept.
Cenex, host of Cenex-LCV, the UK’s premier technology showcasing and networking event for the international low emission vehicle community, is delighted that Prime Minister Theresa May has announced new measures to tackle the effects and causes of climate change. Having attended the One Planet Summit in Paris yesterday, the Prime Minister has announced: £140 million of new funding to help the world’s poorest communities address the effects of climate change; expansion of UK and Canada-led alliance to reduce international use of unabated coal; and confirmation that the UK will host an international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Autumn 2018.