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In the first meeting of its kind, industry experts and government officials
will be in London to discuss how to kick start the mass market production of low
carbon and electric vehicles.
The event on Monday 27 October is part of the Prime Minister's initiative
announced at this year's London Motor Show and is aiming to put the UK at the
forefront of a green motoring revolution.
Energy, automotive, planning experts and government representatives from more
than 15 countries will be debating many of the technological challenges, key
barriers and opportunities that could be created from the low carbon and
electric vehicle market. And will also be gathering consensus on industry
One of the meeting's aims will be to produce a declaration on how to take the
outcomes forward. It's also expected that the progress made will be fed into the
G8 Energy Forum in Japan in November and the London Energy Summit in December as
low carbon vehicles are expected to be on the agendas for both these events.
Business Minister, Ian Pearson, said:
"Currently, less than 0.1% of the UK's 26 million cars are electric. The
Government is committed to bring lower carbon vehicles to Britain's roads as
soon as possible. We need to act now to ensure that the UK is at the forefront
of this new industry.
"The UK's automotive sector has a global reputation for research and
development, design engineering and manufacturing. The development of electric
vehicle technology is an opportunity for the UK to take the lead and, given the
current state of the global economy, we need to seize that opportunity now."
Recognised as one of the world's leading experts in the field, Professor Dan
Sperling, the Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley
is to speak at the event. He said:
"I am delighted that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has shown such
leadership by taking this first critical step forward in the UK. He is to be
commended in calling this important international meeting and setting the ball
rolling for a low carbon vehicle future for the UK.
"I am looking forward to discussing with experts from around the world how we
can move forward one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century - the
transformation of cars and the car industry."
1. Low Carbon Cars: Exploring the Challenge of bringing Electric Vehicles to
Market International Experts' Meeting is being arranged by the Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for
Transport (DfT) in London on Monday 27 and Millbrook, Bedfordshire on Tuesday 28
October at the National Low Carbon Vehicle event.
2. 140 people are expected to attend the event. They include industry,
academia and Government representatives from countries such as Japan, India,
France, Germany, USA, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark,
Israel, Czech Republic, Norway and Sweden.
3. Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental
Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation
Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). In February 2007,
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Sperling to the "automotive" seat on the
California Air Resources Board. His chief responsibilities are oversight and
design of the state's climate change, alternatives fuels, and zero emission
vehicle programs. He also served as co-director of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
study for the State of California. Dr. Sperling is recognised as a leading
international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and
environmental aspects of transportation and transportation policy.
4. Other speakers at the event include: The Secretary of State for Transport,
Geoff Hoon who will be giving further details on the move to greener motoring;
Ian Marchant from Scottish and Southern Energy; Terunobu Yamauchi, from Japan's
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tayce Wakefield of General Motors and
Lewis Booth from the Ford Motor Company.
5. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) helps
UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-10-24 18:43:19 in Business Articles