Britain is to get its first manufacturing site dedicated to making batteries for electric cars. Williams Grand Prix Holdings, parent company of the Williams Formula One motor racing team, is working with Unipart, the motor components group, to start production for Aston Martin’s first electric supercar, the RapidE. The production plant will open in Coventry, hub of the British motor industry, in a Unipart facility that has been making diesel and petrol exhaust systems. The site used to be home to Riley, one of Britain’s first carmakers and a marque that died nearly 50 years ago. The joint venture is a significant boost for the automotive industry and the government’s industrial strategy, which has identified electric cars as a key pillar of future growth.
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Britain’s roads are ill-equipped for electric cars because of a shortage of chargers, it was claimed yesterday. A study found there were about ten electric cars for every public charger, putting the country near the bottom of an international league table. Motoring groups said that the lack of chargers was a huge stumbling block to electric car ownership, and would mean that many people chose to keep petrol and diesel vehicles. At a meeting on electric cars today Theresa May will pledge to put Britain “at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles”. She will announce a £106 million package for projects developing electric car batteries and other green vehicle and refuelling technology. However, a study by GoCompare, the price comparison website, said that electric cars were being held back by the lack of public charge points. Its research found that there were 133,670 electric or plug-in hybrid cars in the UK last year but only 13,534 charging points, or 9.9 cars per charge point.
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Electric cars present the greatest technical challenge since the space race, and one that must be embraced wholeheartedly by the government, according to one of the UK’s top business leaders. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, will address an audience of international ministers and businesspeople at a major summit in Birmingham on Tuesday. In her speech she will lay out the importance of government support in making electric cars affordable and ensuring British cities can support them. She will also note the enormous societal shift and the scientific advances that would be required to make the UK a world leader in low emission vehicles, as promised by government ministers. Transport secretary Chris Grayling revealed the government’s long-awaited “Road to Zero” strategy in July, which lays out a plan for phasing out the country’s high polluting petrol and diesel vehicles. While campaigners welcomed the ambition to make the UK a leader in electric car manufacturing, they said the 2040 ban on sales of new fossil fuel-driven cars and vans was too far into the future and called for a more pressing target.
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The world’s first zero-emission vehicle summit will be headlined by a £106m investment from the UK Government into low-emission vehicle development. But, how will the UK’s transport ambitions fare in light of new EU legislation and continued uncertainty over post-Brexit trade deals? Theresa May will attend the world’s first zero-emission vehicle summit to champion the UK’s leadership role in the development of zero-emission vehicles – including the announcement of a new £106 research fund. However, Brexit concerns and proposed EU legislation continue to cast serious doubt over the legitimacy of the Prime Minister’s claims. May will deliver a speech at the world-first summit in Birmingham later today (11 September). May is expected to announce a £106m investment into zero-emission vehicle research and development, with a focus on battery, charging and hydrogen refuelling technology. The announcement forms part of an overarching “ambition” for the UK to become a global leader in low-emission transport technology. More than £500m in projects from the UK’s automotive sector will also be announced over the coming months.
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