Tuesday 20th March was the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership at the historic Palace of Westminster and I was lucky enough to attend.
The packed reception was held in the Terrace Pavilion to celebrate the role the partnership has played in providing a conduit between government and the burgeoning low carbon vehicle sector in the last 15 years. A period that has seen electric and other alternatively fuelled vehicles move from a niche segment of the industry to a rapidly growing part of the motoring mainstream. The shift in consumer attitudes has been driven by the increasingly apparent affects of climate change and air pollution.
Managing Director Andy Eastlake expressed particular pride that the LVCP had become a ‘touchstone’ for genuine information in a sector that has often been misrepresented or misunderstood.
MP Lillian Greenwood, chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee, opened proceedings and highlighted the importance of not only reducing the carbon emissions of vehicles to tackle climate change, but also the importance of improving air quality, particularly in cities and towns.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP echoed this in a statement “This Government is committed to improving air quality and tackling climate change. That is why we are investing almost £1.5 billion over this Parliament as part of the drive to reduce emissions from transport. The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership continues to play a vital role in supporting these environmental targets.”
As much as the event was a time to reflect on the success of the partnership so far, it was also about the future, with the LCVP using it as a platform to launch their new three-year strategy.
Darran Messem, Chairman of LowCVP said: “Increasing the number of ultra low-emission vehicles on UK roads requires sustained and focused effort to build consumer confidence. The move to a three-year planning horizon, added to growing engagement from the finance/leasing sector, is an important, positive step for the LowCVP and the low emissions road transport agenda”.
Andy Eastlake also acknowledged that although much had been achieved in the past 15 years, the next 10 years would be the ‘decade of change’. As Apple CEO Tim Cook noted when speaking about electric vehicles, self-driving technology and ride-hailing in an interview with Bloomberg television in 2017 “There is a major disruption looming there, you’ve got three vectors of change happening generally in the same time frame.”
In my role at Clarity over the last two years we’ve had countless conversations with automotive brands across the whole spectrum of the industry about how they adapt and stay relevant as the landscape shifts. In fact disruption and adaptation were the two major themes of speakers from companies such as Bosch, DHL, Waze and Dovu at our AutoConnect event in autumn last year.
The essential work the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and others are doing provides the industry with support to smooth the transition toward a greener more customer-centric future.
LowCVP’s 15th Anniversary publication: (Download link here)
LowCVP’s new brochure and 2017-18 annual review: (Download link here)
Please click the link to obtain a summary document from AutoConnect
Please click the link to obtain a copy of Clarity’s Whitepaper – The Journey to Mobility on Demand