A package of measures has been announced to help the UK lead the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles and technologies. It also provides crucial strategic opportunities for growth and jobs across the UK automotive industry.
The key features of the OLEV package are:
Speaking at the announcement, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented, “The move towards a low carbon vehicle future must be built around the three pillars of consumer incentives, strategically focused infrastructure and increased leverage for R&D support. We therefore welcome this announcement which reflects that balanced approach but, significantly, seek to incentivise technical developments in all segments of road transport, not just passenger cars.
“UK vehicle manufacturers are already committing significant investment to the UK’s ULEV ambitions through research, development and production of zero and low emission vehicles and technologies. This funding package will help secure additional private sector investment, but more needs to be done to support academic research in this area – as well as developing the skills that will be essential if the UK is to become a global leader in ultra-low emission technologies.”