The summit will focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Birmingham will host the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit, following a pledge from the Prime Minister at the One Planet event in Paris.
The summit will bring together policy makers, industry experts and opinion formers from around globe to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Through their modern Industrial Strategy and Automotive Sector Deal, the government say they are committed to making transport technology cleaner and greener.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The Midlands has a rich automotive heritage and the growth of high-tech manufacturing across the region continues to drive investment into the region, produce highly skilled jobs and boost economic growth – making it an ideal place to lead the world in zero emission vehicles.
“Our modern Industrial Strategy sets out plans for the transition to ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technology and this summit, bringing together global leaders in the green vehicle revolution, is an important step on the road to making that ambition a reality.”
The summit will continue at Cenex-LCV - the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event – held at Millbrook Proving Grounds on 12 September 2018. Innovation and technology is at the heart of the transition to Zero Emission Vehicles. LCV features innovative technology from international companies and is an established fixture of the automotive calendar.
Ministers have also confirmed the continuation of the Plug in Car Grant and Van Grant, and is considering further options for reducing emissions for last mile deliveries, to be set out by Cycling and Walking Minister Jesse Norman in a forthcoming call for evidence, including for the first time providing grants and/or other financial incentives to support the use of e-cargo bikes
Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex said: “We are honoured that the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit will be linked to our 11th annual Cenex-LCV Event this year. The UK is at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology innovation and we think there is great value for the ZEV attendees to see these technologies first-hand at the Cenex-LCV exhibition.
“The Cenex-LCV event already attracts an international audience and provides a glimpse into the leading innovations in low carbon automotive transport and supporting energy infrastructure technologies. This years Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Showcase, sponsored by Meridian, will also help ensure the ZEV summit attendees see the synergies between zero emission vehicles and self-driving cars when attending the Cenex-LCV event.”
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