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Innovative UK zero emission technology shines in California

16 June 2023 #CEO Update

SMMT this week landed in the golden state for the 36th International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS36) in Sacramento, hosting the UK pavilion – made up of some of the most innovative and exciting companies in electric and zero emission vehicle technology, including Autocraft Solutions Group, Cenex, CrowdCharge, Lotus Engineering, Saietta and Sertec.

Taking place in partnership with and supported by the UK government, the trip is part of a broader mission to boost trade and accelerate investment into the UK automotive sector, while also creating new international business opportunities, particularly with firms in the US.

Strengthening international trade through these new emerging technologies is essential to combat climate change, and as one of the world’s leading trade fairs for electromobility, EVS provided the perfect platform to create new international business opportunities within the US and demonstrate the UK’s commitment to transport decarbonisation, with one of the most ambitious timelines anywhere in the world.

The show had high level attendance, testament to the increasing scale of new opportunities made available by moving to zero emission mobility and it was a pleasure for SMMT to host multiple meetings with members and other key automotive contacts in California to continue our push towards net zero that is beneficial to all.

The UK industry has evidenced its commitment to sustainability through decades of investment and EV development, today boasting the capability to produce each component required to manufacture electric vehicles. But this transition must be accelerated by providing the competitive conditions needed to attract investment as the race to zero emission mobility picks up.

In a similar vein, electrification, competitiveness and collaboration will be high on the agenda of SMMT’s International Automotive Summit, taking place in London on Tuesday 27 June. An integral fixture in the automotive calendar, we are delighted to announce that Richard Kenworthy, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK’s Managing Director, will join us as one of our industry keynote speakers.

There will also be a packed line-up of speakers across four panel sessions including, Dr Jo Bray, Deputy Director of the Automotive Unit, Advanced Manufacturing Directorate at Department for Business and Trade; Helen Foord, Head of Government Affairs at McLaren Automotive; Mark Blundell, UK Manager of BYD; Graeme Stewart, Chief Technical Officer of Horiba Mira; and Tim Powell, Automotive Specialist at STFC Hartree Centre.

There is still a limited number of places remaining and SMMT members are eligible for one complimentary ticket per member organisation. To book your place, contact the team at

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