Ricardo Energy & Environment will be providing insights on the life-cycle emissions of electric vehicles at a Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) event later this week.
The LowCVP’s tenth annual conference will address the need to assess the emissions of new fuel and vehicle technologies ‘beyond the tailpipe’. The event will focus on how changes in the way vehicles are powered will affect policy makers, vehicle and energy suppliers and also cover what needs to be done to engage consumers in the process.
Ricardo Energy & Environment’s knowledge leader in transport technology and fuels, Nikolas Hill, will use the findings from a study conducted by the consultancy for the Committee on Climate Change earlier this year to present on life-cycle assessment for hybrid and electric vehicles.
The study, on the lifecycle emissions of low-carbon technologies, broke down estimated lifecycle emissions by lifecycle stage and identified key emission sources and the location of these emissions (i.e. UK and non UK emissions). Nikolas’ presentation will highlight that lifecycle emissions of electric vehicles are currently significantly lower than those of conventional alternatives and are likely to be further reduced in the future.
“Reasons for the projected reductions in emissions from electric vehicles include the anticipated increases in low carbon power generation and improved recycling of batteries,” said Nikolas Hill. “In addition, improvements in technology are predicted to result in more efficient electric vehicles using much smaller batteries with higher energy storage density. This should help to reduce emissions and increase the distances travelled by electric vehicles between recharges.”
Other speakers at the event include transport minister Norman Baker; David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change and other leading representatives of the UK government, the European Commission and the automotive industry.
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