by Tiana May
26 Apr 2022
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Urban-Air Port has opened Air-One, the world’s first fully-operational hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles such as air taxis and autonomous cargo drones.
The eVTOL vehicle hub will operate in Coventry for at least one month, furthering the global effort to expand zero-emission urban transport solutions. At the same time, Urban-Air Port is developing an additional 200 vertiports worldwide.
“The opening of Air-One is a momentous moment – the starting gun for a new age of transport, an age of zero-emission, congestion-free travel between and within cities that will make people healthier, happier and more connected than ever before. Cars have roads. Trains have rails. Planes have airports. Now, eVTOLs have an Urban-Air Port.”
Despite numerous eVTOL vehicles entering commercial operations, the lack of ground infrastructure is currently restricting the growth of the urban air mobility market. Air-One will demonstrate how purpose-built ground infrastructure can further the potential of advanced air mobility and help decarbonise urban transport.
“The opening of Air-One, backed by Government funding, will revolutionise the way people and goods travel across the nation. This step forward puts Britain at the vanguard of clean transport, bringing investment and high-skilled, green job opportunities to the nation, while levelling up opportunity in the Midlands.”
The Air-One hub will demonstrate aircraft command and control, eVTOL charging, and cargo loading for unmanned drones. West Midlands Police and Skyfarer will be among the first to operate flights from the site, showcasing how vertiports can be used as a base for “sky protection” and high-value cargo deliveries.
Air-One also incorporates charging infrastructure for other electric transport vehicles to further support the uptake of zero-emission-at-the-tailpipe transport.
A consultation has been launched on plans to expand London's ULEZ to Greater London to help improve air quality in the UK capital.
Vattenfall has been awarded 9.3 million GBP from the UK government to develop the world’s first hydrogen-producing offshore wind turbine.
The UK government is assuming the presidency of the International Transport Forum to provide cleaner, safer transportation.
The UK government has announced plans to deliver the world's first net-zero emissions transatlantic flight in 2023.
Over 200 million GBP in UK government funding will be invested in a zero-emission road freight trial programme.
Voi UK has partnered with Lazarillo to provide real-time alerts on where Voi scooters are parked to eliminate risks for vulnerable users.
TuSimple has integrated with Werner Enterprises to provide roadside services for autonomous trucks on the TuSimple Autonomous Freight Network.
The RoSPA has published a study demonstrating that e-scooters are significantly safer than bikes and motorcycles on UK roads.
The UK’s first shore-side charging network for electric maritime vessels has been launched in Plymouth, Devon.
The UK has launched the Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group to advance the development of battery and hydrogen-powered flights.
The UK government has confirmed changes to The Highway Code to address the introduction of 'self-driving' vehicles on British roads.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded 1.95 million GBP in funding to future transport projects in the UK.
Leading EV charge point supplier, InstaVolt, has launched one of the UK’s largest EV charging hubs in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Urban-Air Port has partnered with Leeds Bradford Airport to develop an unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub.
Via's technology powers the new public flexibus+, allowing residents and visitors in Swaffham, England, to conveniently book an affordable ride on-demand.
The UK government has committed 1.6 billion GBP to boost the nation's electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
Solihull Council has launched an electric autonomous shuttle to operate at six week trial at Birmingham Airport.
Bikeep has worked with APCOA Parking and Govia Thameslink Railway to introduce its e-bike charging and storage solution to UK rail stations.
The Scottish Government has provided funding for 36 e-bike projects across Scotland to promote greener travel.
Uber has partnered with three London boroughs to install over 700 new electric-vehicle (EV) chargers across north and east London.
TfL data has revealed that pedestrian priority traffic signals made journeys on foot quicker, with virtually no impact on traffic.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has introduced new requirements for the UK e-scooter trials that will come into effect from 1 April 2022.
Voi has collaborated with RNIB to redesign their e-scooter parking racks to reduce street hazards for vulnerable pedestrians.
The UK Transport Committee has highlighted the need for a road pricing system to maintain the link between motoring taxation and road usage.
London's e-scooter operators have announced a partnership to develop a universal warning sound to alert road users of e-scooters.
Britishvolt has secured 100 million GBP in government funding though the Automotive Transformation Fund for its UK gigafactory.
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Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is set to launch the UK’s first hybrid high speed passenger ferries as part of their net zero strategy.
Skyports has announced its acquisition of a heliport located in East London, and only minutes away from Canary Wharf financial district.
HumanForest has partnered with Deliveroo to offer riders an exclusive e-bike payment model to boost sustainable food delivery in London.
Shell has opened its first UK EV charging hub in Fulham, where existing petrol and diesel pumps have been replaced with ultra-rapid charge points.
The UK government are pausing the rollout of new smart motorway schemes until they can review 5 years of safety data.
TfL's cycle hire programme saw the highest ever use of Santander Cycles in 2021, with more than 10,900,000 hires made throughout the year.
Leading resource management company Veolia has announced its first electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK.
HumanForest, a sustainable micromobility firm, will be launching the UK’s first fleet of shared electric mopeds in London next month.
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TfL to introduce tougher measures and a 20mph speed limit on 220km of their roads by 2024 to try to eliminate deaths and serious injuries.
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A world-first driverless, zero-emission mass transit technology, launched by UK-start up Urban.MASS, will revolutionise urban mobility.
Cheshire East is partnering with Via, the leader in TransitTech, to launch an on-demand rural bus service to help reduce social isolation.
E-scooters will be available to rent in Camden from Monday 27 September, joining the nine other boroughs involved in the trial.
HumanForest celebrates the launch of its e-bikes on the roads of London with the ambition to promote happier, healthier lifestyles in the capital.
Q-Free has announced a four-year agreement with the City of Glasgow, Scotland to supply and install cycle detection equipment and associated services.
Fully Charged has launched the UK’s largest eBike service centre, underneath the railway arches in the capital's London Bridge.
As a part of the conclusion of Project Endeavour, more than 100 members of the public can schedule demonstration rides in Oxbotica’s vehicles in London.
InstaVolt has announced the installation of its fastest charger units yet, which can add over 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
A collaboration between TRL and Gaist will accelerate the development of a national ‘digital twin’ of UK roads.
Leeds City Council and partners receive grant from the DfT and Energy Savings Trust of £160,000 to fund 32 new electric cargo bikes.
As part of Project Synergy, Yunex Traffic has completed a connected mobility trial in conjunction with project partner Transport for Greater Manchester.
New guidance to help local authorities plan, design and deliver high quality walking and cycling routes across Wales has been launched.
A MaaS app has been launched by HITRANS to increase accessibility of integrated travel for residents and visitors in rural Scotland.
Nissan today unveils Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion flagship Electric Vehicle (EV) Hub creating a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem.
HumanForest has announced it will launch its new fleet of truly green, fun and safe electric bikes in London this Summer.
Oxford Circus will be transformed into two, pedestrian-friendly piazzas, as unveiled by Westminster City Council and The Crown Estate.
Greater Manchester has published its final clean air plan to kick-start the city region's green revolution, helping to tackle air pollution.
The start of this month saw Birmingham City Council launch its new Clean Air Zone (CAZ), with the scheme being enforced from 14 June.
Project Endeavour arrives in Birmingham this week, for the UK's next phase of autonomous vehicle trials on public roads.
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Eve and Halo have announced a partnership focused on developing UAM products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom.
18 pedestrian crossings in London are to have pioneering 'Green Person Authority' technology, prioritising people walking over cars.
The Ofgem payment will support the rapid take up of electric vehicles which will be vital if Britain is to hit climate change targets.
TfL and London Councils have announced that London's rental e-scooter trial will begin on Monday 7 June, in a core group of boroughs.
Honda is to introduce its first energy service for Europe with the debut of its domestic intelligent charging solution - ‘e:PROGRESS’ – in the UK.
EVBox has partnered with Climate Action to raise awareness of international sustainable development ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
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Vivacity Labs' AI traffic signal control is to be trialled at some of the busiest junctions in Cambridge to help cut congestion and improve air quality.
West Midlands Cycle Hire has opened to the public with distinctive grey and green bikes available in Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton from today.
West Midlands 5G (WM5G) has developed the UK’s very first 5G-connected tram as part of a regional transport trial.
The launch is part of a 12-month trial funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), which began on the Isle of Wight in November 2020.
Electric car drivers have received a major boost with the opening of the largest public rapid charger motorway hubs, on one of the UK’s busiest motorways.
YourParkingSpace has signed a partnership with EVBox Group to provide UK EV drivers with a wide range of pre-bookable park and charge spaces.
Stagecoach has announced a major technological partnership with Optibus that will help plan the bus networks of the future.
Vivacity are working with Kent County Council (KCC) and Amey on a trial to monitor traffic patterns to help make future transport decisions for the county.
Momentum Dynamics and Eurovia UK will collaborate to develop wireless EV charging solutions for UK cities and fleets.
The UK Government has announced a financial boost to encourage electric vehicle use and launched a consultation on improving the charging experience.
A total of 100 rapid chargers have been supplied by Pod Point to Lidl stores across Great Britain, as they target 250 more by 2022.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced £20 million in funding to increase the number of electric vehicle chargepoints across the UK.
Hitachi Rail has successfully tested its first battery-powered tram in Florence - expanding the firm's offer to market the vehicles across the world.
Bird’s e-scooter service is expanding in the UK as rider demand for micromobility continues to climb in 2021.
Urban Air Port® will reduce congestion and air pollution. It can be integrated with electric vehicles and sustainable public transport.
A poll has found that Britons are very enthusiastic about the prospect of rental e-scooters, with London being the most enthusiastic UK city.
The trial led by Oxfordshire County Council and Voi follows the decision of the U.K. government to legalise rental e-scooters to support green local travel.
The UK’s first wireless charging hub for light commercial vans will be installed at Heriot Watt University’s Edinburgh campus in early 2021.
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