Some of the UK’s most advanced automotive companies will team up next week (11-14 June) at the 36th International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS36) in Sacramento, California to demonstrate how British innovation and engineering is driving one of the world’s most ambitious transport decarbonisation timelines.
Six leading firms will make up the UK pavilion, hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in partnership with the UK Department for Business and Trade, and supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK. The stand is part of a broader mission to boost trade and investment into the UK automotive sector and create new international business opportunities, particularly with firms in the US.
Manufacturers are investing billions in new zero emission vehicles, expanding the market and, increasingly, building them in Britain. New battery electric (BEV) car registrations are up by more than a quarter (25.6%) since this time last year, with the UK now the second largest BEV market by volume in Europe. With electrified vehicles representing well over a third (37.7%) of all UK car production in April, Britain is fast becoming a leader in the electric transition.1
UK Automotive’s commitment to a sustainable and strong electric vehicle supply chain is also evident, buoyed by decades of investment in EV research and development, with an export value of some £10 billion.2 The UK has clear strengths that are enabling the transition of production, with advanced facilities, world-famous brands and a flexible, highly skilled and productive workforce that continues to upskill with the latest and greenest technologies.
Combined with Britain’s robust foundations in advanced manufacturing, engineering and R&D, the supply chain solidifies the UK’s position on the global stage and as an ideal destination for businesses seeking to establish a foothold in electric vehicle mobility. Moreover, SMMT’s EV Supply Chain Directory, published this year, maps the UK’s capabilities in this area of technology, producing almost every component required to make zero emission vehicles – from batteries and hydrogen fuel cells to silicon carbide wafers, power electronics, anodes, rare earth magnets, graphene and silicon carbide wafers.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:
Amidst one of the most extensive industrial and market transformations, UK Automotive is scaling up and attracting investment to cement its position as a global leader. With leading R&D and battery specialists, alongside innovation and expertise that rivals anywhere in the world, we are well placed to accelerate the transformation. Strengthening international trade in these new technologies is essential to combat climate change, and EVS36 provides the perfect platform to demonstrate the UK’s innovation and commitment to excellence.
The US is one of the UK automotive sector’s most important trading partners. In 2022, 80,967 cars were exported from the UK to the US, consisting of luxury and performance British brands including Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, Bentley and MINI, making it the second most important export market after the European Union. Meanwhile, 20,432 US-made cars were registered by UK buyers last year.
The EVS36 UK Pavilion, located at stand 924 within the exhibition hall, will feature cutting-edge UK companies including:
- Autocraft Solutions Group – repairs and remanufactures battery packs for several original equipment manufacturers and, also, remanufactures electric drive units.
- Cenex – focuses on low emission transport and associated energy infrastructure and operates as an independent, not-for-profit research technology consultancy.
- CrowdCharge – a digital platform which manages multiple EV chargers to optimise energy supply for EV owners and the electricity grid.
- Lotus Engineering – an internationally recognised consultancy with a history stretching back more than half a decade, providing a comprehensive range of technical services to many of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers.
- Saietta Group Plc – provides varying services to support manufacturers through the vehicle development process, including market research, prototype building and vehicle testing.
- Sertec Group Holdings Limited – has over 60 years’ experience, specialising in the manufacture of complex lightweight body structures and electric vehicle components.
Notes to editor
1 New Europe car registrations, April 2023 – ACEA
2 Based on HMRC data