West Midlands supports low carbon vehicle scheme

A regional development agency is to be at the centre of a new government scheme to get more low carbon vehicles on the UK's roads.

Advantage West Midlands has pledged a massive £30 million to put towards the national Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme.

The project aims to help with the development of low carbon vehicles from the research stage through to the production of show vehicles.

Mick Laverty, chief executive of the agency, 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 £30 million to support our industry led projects and our region's needs."

Secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham said that the programme will "generate new research and deployment opportunities for a whole range of relevant technologies".

The Climate Change Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament, will commit the UK to cutting CO2 emissions by a minimum of 60 per cent by 2050.

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