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To celebrate Clean Air Day, we take a look at some of the initiatives launched to help tackle and raise awareness of air pollution. 

Companies and authorities from all over the UK are helping campaign against air pollution, launching new initiatives and products to help spark change.  

Firstly, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced the largest ever vehicle free day in the capital, to raise the awareness of climate change. 

‘Car Free Day’ will take place on the Sunday of September 22, featuring a number of events such as organised walks, bike rides and treasure hunts across London. There will also be live music events and performances, to draw in over 150,000 city dwellers. 

It will cover over 20km of London’s streets, which will be closed off to cars, including Tower Bridge and London Bridge. In addition, 18 boroughs will be transformed into ‘Play Streets’ to create a safe space for children to socialise within their local communities.

Khan will hope that the event will encourage Londoners to choose zero-emission alternatives over conventionally-fueled cars and achieve his goal of 80% sustainable journeys in the city by 2041.

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In addition to this news, Spark EV Technology announced a successful collaboration with BP to provide real-world trials for its advanced range prediction system for electric vehicles.

Ultimately, these trials are aimed at eliminating range anxiety, which is the most significant issue when looking at EV adoption.

By delivering more accurate predictions, thanks to an advanced AI algorithm, Spark and BP will increase the trust between EV and driver. 

The project covered 10,000 km across five different locations and two types of EVs equipped with the technology. Test drivers entered their journey into Spark’s smartphone app which recorded data and compared it with the vehicles’ onboard display.

Drivers then were then informed by the app on whether they could complete their journey effectively, taking into consideration range, charging stations and driving styles. 

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Automakers are also getting in on the celebrations, with Nissan removing the internal combustion engine out of the ice cream van and creating an all-electric, zero-emission concept.

Partnering with Mackie’s of Scotland, an ice cream producer powering its family-owned dairy farm by renewable wind and solar energy, the project demonstrates how a ‘Sky to Scoop’ approach can remove carbon dependence at every stage of the ice cream journey.

Most ice cream vans have diesel engines which are kept running to operate the refrigeration equipment. These motors are criticised for producing harmful emissions, including black carbon, when left idling. Some UK towns and cities are now looking to ban these vehicles. Nissan’s concept presents a potential solution for vendors looking to reduce their carbon footprint, and offer customers a better experience.

The prototype van is based on the e-NV200, Nissan’s 100% electric LCV. The concept is a working demonstration of Nissan’s Electric Ecosystem, combining a zero-emission drivetrain, second-life battery storage and renewable solar energy generation.

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“Ice cream is enjoyed the world over, but consumers are increasingly mindful of the environmental impact of how we produce such treats, and the ‘last mile’ of how they reach us,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.

“This project is a perfect demonstration of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy, applying more than a decade of EV experience and progress in battery technology to create cleaner solutions for power on the go – in ways customers might not expect.

“By eliminating harmful tailpipe emissions, and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can help make this a better world for everyone.”

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