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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 standards.

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 Government-owned assets.

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