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Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem,’ report warns

Science
Car use will still need to be curbed even when all vehicles are powered by clean electricity, a report has said.It warns that electrifying cars will not address traffic jams, urban sprawl and wasted space for parking.The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) report calls on the government to devise a strategy allowing people to have a good standard of living without needing a car.The government said it was spending £2bn to promote walking and cycling. It also says it plans to spend £50bn on improving roads. However, critics accuse the government of not having a serious plan to deal with the social problems associated with mass car ownership.CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK."Car use is a massive bli
Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas & James Sillars, business reporters Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to build new electric vehicle models at its Castle Bromwich plant, a decision it says safeguards thousands of jobs at the site and in the supply chain.Britain's biggest carmaker said it had forced itself into the decision despite continued Brexit uncertainty but signalled future investment in its home market was not guaranteed as it needed to see the "right deal". The company said the first electric vehicle to be produced at the Birmingham factory would be Jaguar's flagship saloon, the XJ. Image: The Jaguar I-PACE is made in Austria It will be seen as a boost for the British car industry after JLR...

German government expands electric car incentive program

Technology
The German government is extending a system of incentives to buy electric cars by 18 months until the end of 2020. The program launched three years ago was supposed to expire at the end of June, but demand for electric cars has remained disappointing. It is backed by a 1.2 billion-euro ($ 1.3 billion) fund, half financed by the federal government and half by the auto industry. Announcing the extension on Friday, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said that "we need continuity in support" for electric cars. The incentives will continue at their current level: buyers of purely electric cars will continue to get 4,000 euros and people buying plug-in hybrids will get 3,000 euros. Altmaier said applications for the incentives have been rising "but more slowly than we had hoped."Let's block ads! ...
Climate change: Electric car target ‘needs to be sooner’

Climate change: Electric car target ‘needs to be sooner’

Science
The UK government's plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too tame, advisers will say.Drivers will benefit if electric cars come to dominate the new car market a full decade earlier, they will claim.The Committee on Climate Change believes the cost of electric cars will be similar to that of petrol or diesel vehicles by 2024-5.But the speed of installing charging points will have to radically improve to cope with the coming demand.What is the current policy?The UK government's current policy is to insist that by 2040, all new cars and vans sold in the UK should be zero emissions - that means electric or hydrogen. But critics have pointed out that would mean some older petrol and diesel vehicles will still be on the roads after 2050...