UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions

Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, Boris Johnson will announce this week.

Hitting the targets would require more electric cars, low-carbon heating, renewable electricity and, for many, cutting down on meat and dairy.

For the first time, climate law will be extended to cover international aviation and shipping.

The government has accepted the advice of its independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) to adopt the emissions cut, which is based on 1990 levels. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted a major surge in CO2 emissions from energy this year, as the world rebounds from the pandemic.

Source: BBC News

 

Volvo Trucks targets 50% electric sales in Europe by 2030 

Volvo Trucks is aiming for half its sales in Europe to be electric by the end of the decade as truckmakers increasingly move away from diesel towards battery power. The Swedish truckmaker, the world’s second-largest, which at present sells only a small number of battery-powered vehicles, on Tuesday announced three new heavy-duty electric trucks designed for intercity regional transport and urban construction. Production is due to start in the second half of next year. […]

Source: Financial Times

 

BMW joins VW in race for next level EV batteries

BMW will build a prototype of a solid-state battery car before 2025, joining an accelerating race for a technology that promises to boost the power and range of electric vehicles. The automaker said its researchers are working “intensively” on solid state batteries, calling cell storage the central plank of its electric vehicle shift.

The pledge will see BMW take on Volkswagen, Toyota and other major manufacturers in a fight to get the system in vehicles over the coming years.

BNEF forecasts solid-state battery costs will fall as the industry scales up over the next 15 years. […]

Source: Automotive News Europe

 

Toyota’s new bZ electric cars will be “a new breed of vehicles”

Toyota’s new bZ electric vehicle line-up will be heavily differentiated from the brand’s existing models with bespoke styling and a unique interior design ethos.

The Japanese brand plans to launch 15 new battery-electric vehicles by 2025, seven of which will wear the bZ (Beyond Zero) nameplate – which is comparable in its conception to Mercedes’ EQ brand, Hyundai’s Ioniq models and Volkswagen’s ID family. […]

Source: Autocar

 

New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe

Opel has reimagined its classic Manta coupe for the modern era as this, the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMod.

As the name suggests, the new Manta GSe is now all-electric, while the ‘e’ in its GSe nameplate “now stands for electrification,” according to Opel. The GSe is the latest in a line of restomod vehicles that have been converted with all-electric drivetrains, including the recently revealed EV versions of the Morgan 4/4 and Triumph Stag.

Vauxhall’s European sister brand hasn’t detailed powertrain specifics for the Manta GSe, but has declared that “the four-cylinder petrol engine makes way for a powerful electric motor” under the rescued Manta’s iconic black bonnet. […]

Source: Auto Express