There have been some exciting developments in the Electric Vehicle (EV) sector, accelerating us towards a future of low and zero emission vehicles.
What’s the latest on EV development?
The UK’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit took place in Birmingham on 11th and 12th September, bringing together ministers, industry leaders and sector representatives from around the world to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a funding boost of £106 million for research and development of low and zero emission vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology, such as hydrogen.
What about industry investment?
In addition to government funding, over £500 million worth of industry investment into low emission technology projects has been announced, including:
- The EV Network – The UK-based charging station development company is developing 200 fast-charging stations throughout the UK, representing an investment of around £200 million. The company has joined forces with Leclanché who will be supplying the battery storage solutions to the stations. EVN and Leclanché are announcing an EV Charging Centre of Excellence in Warwick.
- Aston Martin – they have announced a further £50 million investment at its new St Athan facility in Wales, which will become its centre for electrification and the home of the Lagonda brand. The investment will create an additional 200 jobs at the site and, in total, the new plant will bring up to 750 high skilled jobs to South Wales.
What does the future hold?
Investment from the industry will create an estimated 1,000 jobs across the UK.
In her speech, the Prime Minister talked about her ‘ambitious mission’ to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles. She said:
“Already we are taking significant strides forward. Our electric, UK-manufactured cars account for one-in-five sold in Europe. Our batteries are among the best in the world.
“And our Road to Zero Strategy is the most comprehensive plan globally – mapping out in detail how we will reach our target for all new cars and vans to be, effectively, zero emission by 2040 – and for every car and van to be zero emission by 2050.
“We are investing in the design, development and infrastructure needed to speed up the uptake of green vehicles. We are providing £1.5 billion for ultra-low-emission vehicles by 2020, and creating a £400 million fund to invest in the roll-out of charging point infrastructure, in partnership with industry.
“We have legislated to ensure charge points can be easily accessed and available at motorway service stations and other petrol stations.
“We will consult on the introduction of green number plates – and how they might be used to promote clean vehicles and increase their use.”
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