The world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit took place in Birmingham this week, ahead of the annual low carbon vehicle event, Cenex-LCV 2018. The 2-day summit, which took place on the 11th and 12th September, hosted politicians from across the globe and top executives from industry.
The UKs premier low carbon vehicle event, Cenex-LCV 2018, which is now running in its 11th year, then followed the summit and will run until today, Thursday 13th September. Here are five things we have learned from this exciting week for EV and low carbon technology…
- Prime Minister Theresa May announced £106 million in funding for the UK, to boost research & development for zero emission vehicles, batteries and low carbon technology.
- An international initiative was announced, aimed at speeding up the development of green vehicles and zero emission infrastructure. This included round table talks to attract foreign investment to the UK and involved supply chain companies from Germany, the US, Japan, China, Spain and India.
- Companies who attended the event announced investments totalling more than £500 million in low-emission technology, which will create over 1,000 new jobs. An additional £50 million investment from car manufacturer, Aston Martin, was announced for its new facility in Wales. The facility will become its centre for electrification and will produce its newly announced Rapide-E model, which is due to be released in 2019.
- Cenex-LCV 2018 has been the biggest showcase yet for the industry, overtaking its figures from last year of 3,800 attendees and 221 exhibitors. These attendees include VIPs from the governments ZEV summit which took place earlier this week.
- Liverpool City Region business and LCRFE beneficiary ULEMCo Ltd are exhibiting at Cenex-LCV 2018, giving attendees the chance to drive one of their hydrogen fuelled vans! Be sure to check them out if you’re visiting the showcase today.