"It is extremely positive to see that the UK government has committed to invest £106 million towards the development of low and zero emission vehicles", said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, commenting on the government’s plans unveiled today at the UK’s first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) summit which took place in Birmingham.
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a £106m investment towards the research and development of green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology. This includes £25m for developing batteries for electric vehicles, £20m towards a hydrogen supply competition and £22m for the Integrated Delivery Programme, supporting universities’ and businesses’ research. A further £500m of investment in projects relating to low emission technology will come from key industries.
Robinson continued, “In order to improve air quality standards and ensure a consistent uptake of low emission vehicles, significant investments are imperative, and today’s announcement is encouraging.
“Cooperation is key and NFDA will continue to work alongside the government and other industry partners towards the creation of a favourable retail environment, where our members will meet the growing consumer demand for low and zero emission vehicles”.
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About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.