MPs set up new British cross-party parliamentary group on battery powered vehicles (BPVs)

A new cross-party parliamentary group on BPVs – battery powered vehicles – has been set up by MPs in Westminster. It will hold its first meeting next month.

The Renewable Energy Association – Britain’s biggest such trade body – will provide the Secretariat for all party parliamentary group on Electric and Automated Vehicles, which aims to increase awareness of the benefits of, and opportunities for, BPVs.

Chaired by Tory Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP, a Welsh Office minister, the group will raise the profile of the pace of change in the electric and automated vehicle sectors and will discuss the charge infrastructure roll out, opportunities for new high-value manufacturing, international trade, emissions reduction, and road safety improvement.

The group has been established amid reports of record electric car sales and following a host of commitments from major vehicle manufacturers the likes of Ford, VW, Jaguar Land Rover, and BMW who plan to invest billions of pounds globally into new battery and electric vehicle research and manufacturing.

Last month, Ford committed to spending $11 billion and rolling out 40 type of BPVs by 2022 while Nissan intends to double sales of its new longer-range Leaf in the next year, which is assembled in Sunderland.

Dame Gillan said: “It is imperative that parliamentarians are aware of the rapid pace of change in the electric and automated vehicle sectors and that post-Brexit the UK is well positioned to benefit from these new technologies.

“Clearly at hand are new opportunities to expand our manufacturing base, create new exportable expertise, decarbonise our economy, improve safety, and increase productivity.

“We can’t let this major industrial shift pass us by while everybody is focused on EU negotiations. We will aim to keep MPs and Lords informed and help drive the agenda forwards.”

A BPV spokesman for the Renewable Energy Association, added:  “This historic industrial shift is creating major new opportunities to decarbonise our transport sector, improve air quality, and reduce consumer bills.”

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14 Feb 2018

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