Cars exempt from Manchester clean air zone plan
Greater Manchester has confirmed its plans for a Clean Air Zone set to come into effect from 30 May 2022, but private cars will not be impacted by the scheme.
Light commercial vehicles that don’t meet Euro6 diesel or Euro4 petrol emissions standards will be charged £10 per day, although operators have been given a 12-month extension, so won’t be subject to the charge until May 2023, while buses and HGVs will be charged £60 per day not if meeting the emissions standards. Non-conforming Taxis and private hire vehicles will be charged £7.50 per day, and coaches £60, although they also get a 12-month extension. There is an exemption for specialist emergency service vehicles.
Greater Manchester has confirmed a £120m Government fund to help fund the updating of vehicles, including £87.9m for vans, HGVs, coaches and minibuses. Applications for funding are set to open in November.
The zone takes in all roads under Greater Manchester jurisdiction, which is everything apart from the motorways and trunk roads run by Highways England, will run 24 hours a day. See https://cleanairgm.com/clean-air-plans for more details.
New Nissan EV confirmed as part of £1bn Sunderland EV investment
Nissan has announced plans to turn its Sunderland plant into a £1bn Electric Vehicle Hub, creating what it described as a “world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem”, an investment that includes building a new electric SUV at the plant, although timelines are vague.
Called EV36Zero, the new programme “brings together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production”, according to the company.
“This project comes as part of Nissan’s pioneering efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the entire lifecycle of our products,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. “Our comprehensive approach includes not only the development and production of EVs, but also the use of on-board batteries as energy storage and their reuse for secondary purposes.”
Renault increase EV adoption pace
Renault has made a series of bold predictions about its electric vehicle future, including acceleration of EV model launches, cutting battery cost and increasing range.
The French company is pledging to have 10 battery electric vehicles on sale across its portfolio, with seven of them Renault-branded and Dacia and Alpine also getting EVs. From a Renault point of view, that includes the EV MeganE coming next year and the reinvention of the Renault 5 as an EV city car in 2023. By 2030, 90% of Renault’s European business is expected to be EVs.
The company said it has divided the cost of the batteries by two in the past 10 years, and will do so again by the end of this decade, describing the battery cost as “critical to cutting the cost of electric vehicles”, as at present, the battery accounts for 44% of the total cost of an EV. And by 2026, it is aiming to get a 15%-80% charge time down from the current 20-25 minutes to 12 minutes.
The 60kWh version of the new Megane is expected to come with a range of around 270 miles, while the Renault 5 will get around 240 miles, while around 350 miles is the goal for the larger of the brand’s two EV platforms that will house the 10 new EVs.