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Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Electric vehicle batteries: what will they look like in the future?

Simon Cotton Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Birmingham and Peter Raymond Slater Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Birmingham

“Gigafactories” could one day be churning out millions of electric vehicle batteries in the UK. The government has already committed the country to a ban on selling new petrol- and diesel-engined cars by 2030, so it seems that electric vehicles (or EVs, as they’re often abbreviated) are likely to replace much of today’s fleet.
15 July 2021
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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – How can we get more of them when they are so difficult to introduce?

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – How can we get more of them when they are so difficult to introduce?

Patrick Lingwood - Active Travel Lead, Oxfordshire County Council

Low traffic neighbourhoods have had a rough press over the last few months. Tales of congestion, controversy and cultural conflict. LTNs provoke strong reactions.

17 June 2021
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What are the implications of bus policy changes?

What are the implications of bus policy changes?

Prof. Peter White - May 2021

The publication of ‘Buses Back Better’ in March – setting out a bus strategy for England - marked the biggest shift in policy since deregulation in 1986. In place of competition between bus operators as a major policy objective, and most services determined commercially, there is a very strong emphasis on a co-ordinated approach.
14 May 2021
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Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.
16 April 2021
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'We All Ride Bikes Now'

'We All Ride Bikes Now'

Have a read of the inspiration behind Phil Crompton and Joanna Ward's newly released book!

We all know the theory, we should be using our cars less and travelling more actively, to improve or health (mental and physical), to save money, to save time and to tackle the climate crisis.

18 March 2021
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How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

How 'school streets' could create safer, healthier cities

Amy Barnes and Maria Val Martin

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, communities living in cities need cleaner air to breathe and outdoor public space to be social yet physically distanced.

Recognition of these issues has led public health experts, architects and urban planners to discuss how to design cities to respond to the pandemic.

19 February 2021
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Sustainable cities after COVID-19: are Barcelona-style green zones the answer?

Sustainable cities after COVID-19: are Barcelona-style green zones the answer?

Anupam Nanda - Professor of Urban Economics & Real Estate, University of Manchester

he roll out of vaccines provides hope for a partial restoration of normality in cities. However, the impact of COVID-19 could last much longer. In particular, the pandemic has shown how damaging congestion, pollution and lack of green space can be – including how these factors have contributed to the severity of suffering for city dwellers. We have an opportunity to change city living for the better.
14 January 2021
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Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here’s how it needs to change

Coronavirus showed the way cities fund public transport is broken – here’s how it needs to change

Jenny McArthur Lecturer in Urban Infrastructure and Policy, UCL; Emilia Smeds Researcher in Urban Governance and Mobility, UCL; Rosalie Singerman Ray Postdoctoral Research Associate in Transportation Technology and Society, University of Connecticut

COVID-19 has triggered a crisis for public transport, as lockdowns caused its use to plummet by 70-90% worldwide. Even as lockdowns ease, buses and trains can only carry 15% of the usual number of people due to social distancing requirements – taking the “mass” out of mass transit for the foreseeable future.
15 October 2020
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#2020TPM Goes Online

#2020TPM Goes Online

By Brogan McPherson

The 18th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting goes online!

14 August 2020
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Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Paul Chatterton Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds

A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost towns of the places we once knew. Everything we know about our urban world has come to a shuddering halt. For now.
21 May 2020
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