BEIS unveils £80m EV investment

BEIS unveils £80m EV investment

An £80 million investment to help develop the next generation of electric vehicles has been unveiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The funding, which is coming through the Industrial Strategy, will also be used to develop new hybrid aircraft.

Development of new technologies - known as Power Electronics, Electric Machines and Drives (PEMD) - will be led by industry and academia and supported by over 130 organisations, collectively offering global reserves of as much as £600 billion.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "Companies like Jaguar and Lotus are choosing the UK to develop their new electric vehicles, while Easy Jet and Rolls-Royce have chosen the UK to develop their hybrid planes - all recognising and investing in the expertise and talents of the UK.

"Building on our Faraday Battery Challenge and Battery Industrialisation Centre this co-investment from government and industry is a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy, building on our strengths and helping to create the next generation of net zero technologies that will transform entire industries. The UK leads the world on combatting climate change and is the first major economy to legislate for net zero."

The investment, part of the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, will include four "key strands" to help industries move away from using fossil fuels.

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