A new parliamentary group has been launched to increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities of electric and automated vehicles.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group aims to raise the profile of the pace of change in the electric and automated vehicle sectors and will discuss the charge infrastructure roll out, opportunities for new high-value manufacturing, international trade, emissions reduction, and road safety improvement.
Cheryl Gillan MP, who will chair the group, said: "It is imperative that parliamentarians are aware of the rapid pace of change in the electric and automated vehicle sectors and that post-Brexit the UK is well positioned to benefit from these new technologies.
"Clearly at hand are new opportunities to expand our manufacturing base, create new exportable expertise, decarbonise our economy, improve safety, and increase productivity.
“We can’t let this major industrial shift pass us by while everybody is focused on EU negotiations. We will aim to keep MPs and Lords informed and help drive the agenda forwards.”
The group has been established amid reports of record electric car sales and following a host of commitments from major vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW who plan to invest billions of pounds into new battery and electric vehicles.
Matthew Trevaskis, head of electric vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association is the APPG’s secretariat.
He added: "This historic industrial shift is creating major new opportunities to decarbonise our transport sector, improve air quality, and reduce consumer bills.
"We are pleased to work with Dame Cheryl and Members from all parties to help drive this agenda forward in the UK.”