Low carbon plan backed; GO GREEN: West Midlands joins national initiative.THE West Midlands is at the heart of a pounds 100 million Government investment programme to accelerate the introduction of low carbon vehicles on to Britain's roads.
Regional Development Agency Advantage West Midlands has committed pounds 30 million to the national Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme (LCVIDP), it was revealed today.
The programme will co-ordinate the UK's low carbon vehicle activity from initial strategic research to collaborative research and development, leading to the production of demonstration vehicles.
The LCVIDP was launched at the national Low Carbon Vehicle Event, at Millbrook Vehicle Proving Ground in Bedford, and was attended by major West Midlands-based automotive businesses, including Jaguar Land Rover See LANRover. , Tata Motors and the Morgan Motor Company The Morgan Motor Company is a British automobile manufacturer. The company was founded in 1910 by H.F.S. Morgan and was run by him until 1959. Peter Morgan, son of H.F.S., ran the company until his death in 2003. , as well as University of Birmingham Due to Birmingham's role as a centre of light engineering, the university traditionally had a special focus on science, engineering and commerce, as well as coal mining. It now teaches a full range of academic subjects and has five-star rating for teaching and research in several and Coventry University.
Mick Laverty, Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands, said: "The West Midlands is embracing the opportunities of the new low carbon era and Advantage West Midlands takes a regional lead role on the national low carbon vehicle platform.
"The Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme brings with it huge opportunities for the West Midlands and we have therefore made available up to pounds 30 million to support our industry-led projects and our region's needs."
The private sector will take all investment to pounds 200 million.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills The Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills is a Cabinet minister in the United Kingdom. The post was created on 28th June 2007 on the disbanding of the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Trade and Industry. John Denham said: "This is a great example of collaborative innovation in action.
The programme will generate new research and deployment opportunities for a whole range of relevant technologies."