Fragments of microplastics from tyres, road surfaces and brakes will also flow into rivers, and ultimately into the sea, government advisers say. Ministers say they want to pass standards to improve tyres and brakes. But critics say they need to go further by developing policies to lure people out of private cars. The government’s Air Quality Expert Group said particles from brake wear, tyre wear and road surface wear directly contribute to well over half of particle pollution from road transport. The document chimes with a recent report warning that electric cars won’t offer a complete solution to mobility. It said even self-driving electric cars would produce pollution and congest the roads. The key was to reduce the use of cars by getting people on to less-polluting forms of transport, said Prof Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report.
BBC 10th July 2019 read more »
The government has today called on the car industry to take urgent action to tackle air and plastic pollution from car tyres, brakes, and road surface-wear, with Ministers warning the issue is a “poorly understood” yet growing problem that may require stricter standards for both battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fossil fuel cars. To date most regulatory and industry efforts to reduce air pollution from road transport have focused on exhaust pipe emissions, but tiny particles and dust are also released into the air from brake-wear, tyre-wear, and road surface-wear which can harm human health and wildlife.
Business Green 11th July 2019 read more »
Lower speed limits should be imposed on urban roads under measures to cut pollution from brakes and tyres, ministers have been told. The government’s air quality expert group said that lower speed limits and reductions in the number of vehicles should be considered to manage “non-exhaust emissions” and that there should be standards for such emissions, which are not at present restricted. The advisers said in a report yesterday that pollution from tyres, brakes and road surfaces will continue to increase even as more cars are run on electric power. Legislation has been effective at driving down emissions from exhausts, they said, and tackling pollution from other sources will be the next step. Their study established that particles from brakes, tyres and road surfaces made up about two thirds of all particulate matter from road transport. They also account for 7.4 per cent of national emissions of PM2.5, fine particles considered the most dangerous form of air pollution because their microscopic size allows them to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream.
Times 12th July 2019 read more »
A fleet of 35 million electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target by forming large battery hubs to store renewable energy, according to the country’s energy system operator. National Grid predicts that by 2050, millions of electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up within minutes to act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy. The grid operator’s long-range energy forecasts predict that smart charging systems will use algorithms to help cars balance demand and supply on the grid, while making the most of renewable energy and saving customers money. It found that the plug-in car fleet could hold a fifth of the electricity produced by the UK’s solar panels, which it predicts will quadruple over the same period.
Edie 11th July 2019 read more »
Dundee celebrated the city’s growing shift to electric vehicles (EV) this week with a V&A Museum event which brought together advocates of the technology.
Energy Voice 12th July 2019 read more »
Engenie is aiming to double the number of rapid electric vehicle (EV) charge points in the UK, announcing ambitious plans to spend £35m on expanding its network at supermarkets and retail parks over the next five years. The EV charging network firm announced yesterday that it aims to install more than 2,000 rapid charging points in public locations around the UK, funded by a £35m injection from investor Cube Infrastructure Fund II.
Business Green 12th July 2019 read more »