Staged in association with Warwickshire County Council and supported by OLEV, GreenFleet is coming to Warwickshire on 25 October to show local fleet and transport managers the latest zero and low emission vehicles and solutions
The Coventry & Warwickshire sub-region is globally renowned as a hotspot for low-emission vehicle excellence. The UK Government is supporting a bid from Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, Coventry City Council and WMG at the University of Warwick in the creation of a new battery facility for EVs, backed by £80m from the Faraday Battery Challenge Fund. The new facility, dubbed UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) will enable industry, via open access, to scale up and commercialise advanced technologies central to the development and manufacture of batteries, initially for the automotive sector but with wider application.
BMW has been producing the engines for the flagship i8 supercar in Warwickshire since 2015, and recently announced the introduction of a convertible version and revised coupe which will feature engines from the Hams Hall facility. Elsewhere, the Geely owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has opened a new £300 million factory in Warwickshire to produce its range-extender electric black cab and will be trialling its range-extended vans in the area from the middle of 2019.
Warwickshire and Coventry is also the home of Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering development centres, where new plug in hybrid versions of the Land Rover and Range Rover range, as well as the ground-breaking i-Pace have been developed. Aston Martin Lagonda, also based in Warwickshire, recently announced its new Rapide-E luxury EV, featuring batteries built at a new facility being developed by Williams Engineering and Unipart at a facility in nearby Coventry.
A green strategy
Warwickshire County Council has underlined its long-term commitment to the low-emission vehicle sector with an electric vehicle charging infrastructure strategy through to 2026.
Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Transport & Environment, Jeff Clarke, said: “Warwickshire has a proud history of being at the forefront of the low-emission vehicle industry and this strategy will ensure that we remain there. It will support our industries in this sector while delivering huge environmental benefits. There are a lot of exciting times ahead in this sector with technology evolving all the time and that means there is a lot of work still do. This strategy will help us deliver real benefits for Warwickshire.”
The strategy aims to support an integrated network of EV charge points and will require private developers and landowners to provide EV charging.
It also aims to work with charge-point providers to trial modern technologies such as on-street lamppost charging and in-town rapid-charging hubs.
A ULEV showcase
GreenFleet is coming to Stoneleigh Park on 25 October to allow delegates to test drive the latest zero and ultra-low emission vehicles from leading manufacturers, such as BMW, MINI, Toyota, Lexus and van makers LDV.
The event follows the government’s first Green GB Week, which will demonstrate to businesses and the public how they can contribute to tackling climate change and cleaner air.
The keynote presentations at GreenFleet Warwickshire will be chaired by TV presenter and motoring journalist Quentin Willson. Delegates will be able to hear about local measures from Warwickshire County Council on improving air quality and cutting carbon, as well as a national picture from OLEV’s Rob Gould.
Round table break-out sessions will follow to give attendees the opportunity to speak to vehicle manufacturers, solution providers and network with other fleet professionals and EV owners.
Electric vehicle charging questions will be answered by Elmtronics, Webasto and ElectrAssure, and for those after leasing, fleet management and mobility advice, Alphabet and Grosvenor Contracts Leasing will be on-hand.
To register, visit www.warwickshire.greenfleet.net