The UK hosted the world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit

The world’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit was hosted in Birmingham, UK, on 11 September.

During the summit Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, committed £106mn (US$138.2mn) to the develop of low and zero-emission vehicles.

The government funding will also be used for research into battery and hydrogen technologies.

“I want to see Britain, once again, leading from the front and working with industries and countries around the world to spearhead change,” stated the Prime Minister.

“That is why I have set this country an ambitious mission. To put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, and for all new cars and vans to be, effectively, zero-emission by 2040.”

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“These measures will drive the design, use, uptake and infrastructure necessary for cleaner, greener vehicles - and in doing so, it will help us drastically reduce a major contributor to our global warming emissions.”

During the summit, May held an automotive roundtable with leading firms from Germany, USA, Japan, China, Spain, and India.

The roundtable focused on how both governments and industries could accelerate the zero-emissions market.

Several nations also signed the Birmingham Declaration – including Italy, France, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Belarus, and Indonesia. The declaration targets green vehicle deployment and smart infrastructure.

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