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Cenex: Low Carbon Vehicle Event report

The latest technology, information and efficient vehicles

The 11th annual Cenex: Low Carbon Vehicle event took place at Millbrook, Bedfordshire, September 2018. 

  • Exhibitions showcased the latest technology 
  • Seminars addressed the future of low carbon vehicles
  • Three test track circuits allowed industry experts, suppliers and stakeholders to put the latest low carbon vehicles to the test.

Representatives of the Energy Saving Trust transport team spent the day at Millbrook, and reported back on the following highlights:

UK contribution and development in new technology

The UK has become a global leader in electric vehicles and connected and autonomous vehicles.

Organisation such as the Faraday Institution have been conducting research into new battery technologies, to enable future electric vehicles to drive further and charge faster. The Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University is looking into driverless vehicles and how they can be integrated into society, overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of moving from concept to reality.  

Find out more about this year’s exhibitiors and their work.

Vehicles on parade

An amazing selection of vehicles were on display at the event, from buses to motorbikes to race cars. A small selection of these can be seen below.

VG2 enabled Nissan e-NV200

V2G Nissan e-NV200: Released in Spring 2018, the new Nissan e-NV200 is a zero-emissions van that can go further than ever, thanks to a new 40kWh battery.

Jaguar I-PACE: The Jaguar I-PACE is a purely Battery Electric Vehicle, and has the acceleration of a sport car, reaching 60mph in 4.5 seconds.

Low emission bus

Low emission bus: These buses, seen around London, have a combination of an electric battery pack and a diesel engine, producing roughly 40% less carbon dioxide than the tradition diesel-powered buses.

2018-19 Formula E car

2018-19 Formula E car

Classic Mini electric vehicle conversion: The classic Mini here has been fitted with an electric motor, turning an old favourite into a modern energy saver.

Vehicle to Grid: electric vehicles that can power your home

The technology is intricate but the outcome has clear potential: vehicle to grid technology allows energy stored in electric cars to be fed back into the national electricity network (or grid) to help supply energy in times of need.

Innovate UK, an organisation that is part of UK Research and Innovation, are enabling this development, working and partnering with companies, funding research and business collaborations, and supporting innovation.

What are the benefits?

A major benefit is people with electric vehicles will be able to manage their energy, making them self-sufficient and even bring in income from the energy they feed back into the grid.

Vehicle to grid technology provides energy flexibility, and will stop individuals and businesses being susceptible to peak time tariffs and energy shortages. Using vehicle to grid technology, electric vehicles will even be able to provide emergency power to homes in the unlikely event of a blackout.

Find out more in our blog about Powerloop and Vehicle to Grid technology.

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