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UK Industry at Tipping Point in the Electric Vehicle Revolution

by Anna

Carl Perrin, CEO of the Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility at Coventry University, has highlighted a pivotal moment for the UK’s industry in the electrification race. Perrin points to Tata Group’s recent £4 billion investment in a new electric car battery factory in the South West as a promising sign but emphasizes the need for accelerating supply chain capacity and skill development.

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With the ambitious government target to halt the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 drawing nearer, Perrin stresses the urgency of accelerating domestic electric vehicle (EV) production and its associated supply chains to avoid heavy reliance on imports.

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Perrin asserts that sustained investment is essential for enabling domestic companies to commercialize emerging technologies in the EV sector. Additionally, support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) transitioning into electrification roles is crucial for the industry’s success.

These pressing concerns will take center stage at the Cenex-LCV and Cenex-CAM events at UTAC Millbrook, scheduled for September 6-7.

Coventry University’s Institute for Clean Growth and Mobility is managing a substantial portfolio of clean mobility projects in the UK, focusing on aligning research and technologies with societal challenges and government policies.

Cenex-LCV will provide a platform for showcasing the expertise and activities of Coventry University’s three main Research Centers: E-Mobility and Clean Growth, Manufacturing and Materials, and Future Transport and Cities. These centers house initiatives such as the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME), the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC), the Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research (CCAAR).

Perrin emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to meet Net Zero targets, beyond merely eliminating tailpipe emissions. Addressing emissions from manufacturing processes, supply chains, and end-of-life vehicle considerations are all crucial aspects of building a sustainable and circular economy solution for future vehicles.

Skills development is a key focus of this transition. The challenge lies in preparing the workforce for the estimated 250,000 new Green Economy jobs predicted by the government. Perrin acknowledges the considerable effort required to map out these roles and determine the necessary skills to ensure businesses embark successfully on their Net Zero journey.

One noteworthy initiative is the Electric Revolution Skills (ERS) Hub, launched by Coventry University. This integrated digital platform aims to provide access to training, development, and job opportunities for individuals entering or currently involved in power electronics, machines, and drives (PEMD).

In conclusion, Perrin emphasizes that increased collaboration within the industry is vital to tip the scales in the right direction and meet the Net Zero goals successfully.

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