New data has been published that demonstrates the current capability of the UK automotive industry.
The Government, business and academia now have access to information that enables them to see an accurate snapshot of the state of the industry, including its ability to meet existing carbon reduction targets in road transport through the development of low carbon vehicle technologies.
The new report, commissioned by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board at the request of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team (NAIGT), has revealed for the first time the areas of the automotive industry where the UK thrives, and where capability could be developed.
Published today and conducted by Ricardo UK, the study looks in detail at each technology area within the auto industry, measuring the UK’s capability.
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Designed to be used as a basis by which business can make future decisions about the development of the auto industry, it is envisaged that the report will help the UK to take advantage of the market opportunities that the development of low carbon vehicles brings.
The auto industry has welcomed the report as an important step towards a co-ordinated and concerted effort to kick-start a low carbon vehicles market in the UK.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said: “This report demonstrates that the UK motor industry is well set to exploit the transition to ultra low carbon vehicles.
"It has the skills, capabilities and technological strengths that are required for success. Industry is committed to low carbon technology, investing heavily in research and development, product testing and world-class production facilities.”
Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “This is a brilliant guide for the auto industry, putting them in a position where they can see where the opportunities and challenges lie.
"It enables anyone who wants to look, to examine the current capability in the UK and maybe even recognise opportunities to help strengthen areas that show room for improvement.”
“It doesn’t draw conclusions about the direction that we should take or set out a strategy but is a rich resource of information, showing what the auto industry in the UK is good at and where we are best placed to grow.
"It’s going to help inform decisions about the direction that business takes and where future investment should lie, including those made by the Technology Strategy Board in conjunction with partners about the future direction of our low carbon vehicles innovation platform.”