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SMMT assesses impacts of alternative fuels

The SMMT has announced the first findings of a new motor industry looking the impact of alternative fuels and calls for a “clear direction” from governments so new transport systems be formulated as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible . A new publication, 'Towards a shared vision - future fuels and sustainable mobility' shows the work being carried out by the SMMT Future Fuels Strategy Group (FFSG).

The need for sustainable energy sources and drive to cut vehicle CO2 emissions are the key factors in the development of future fuels. Through its work, the FFSG will advise on available options and share a long-term view with the Government. This approach should ensure that the Government will be best placed to promote the most appropriate fuels and support the UK as a world leader in cleaner vehicle technologies.

'Towards a shared vision - future fuels and sustainable mobility' focuses on the aims of the FFSG and the investment already made in greener alternatives like hydrogen fuel cells, liquid petroleum gas vehicles and electric / petrol hybrid cars.

The report concludes: “There are several routes open to the automotive industry in support of a future transport strategy. We need a clear direction from both national and international governments in order to start producing the transport systems at a time and price that will deliver real benefits.”

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: “The FFSG's aim is to develop a vision for the future and to bring the alternative fuels debate to as wide an audience as possible. Everyone has to understand the practical issues and policy decisions that underpin the success of future fuel and vehicle development in the UK.”

SMMT will be at the Driving the Future event from 26 September to 28 September at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, to launch the report.

  • The SMMT report can be viewed, in .pdf format, at the SMMT website.
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