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MPs witness new generation of electric vehicles built in Rugby

Rugby Editorial 2nd Apr, 2018   0

A POWERFUL parliamentary committee witnessed a new generation of electric vehicles being built in the Rugby constituency as part of its work towards preparing for a zero-emissions future.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey brought his colleagues on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee to see the work taking place at the London EV Company’s (LEVC) factory at Ansty near Rugby.

The visit formed part of the committee’s ongoing inquiry into how the UK will need to adapt to end the sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2020 by, for example, adapting the electricity grid or introducing new vehicle charging points.

Committee members spoke to senior representatives of the LEVC about the innovations the business is making in the electric vehicles market and their plans for the future which will create jobs and growth in Rugby and the surrounding area.

Richard Gordon, Commercial Director at the LEVC, said: “We were privileged to welcome the committee to Ansty to learn about our operations at the UK’s first ever car plant dedicated to electric vehicles.

“The work the committee does is vital in informing government policy and specifically on how we can speed up the delivery of vital electric vehicle charge points required to deliver the zero emission future we want to see.”

Mr Pawsey said: “I was delighted to be able to highlight the innovation taking place at Ansty in developing electric vehicles.

“Since opening, the London EV Company’s new factory has been a real success story for the local area. Alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s investment in nearby Coventry, this represents an opportunity for Rugby, and the West Midlands, to lead the way in this exciting field and bring more skilled jobs to our region.”


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