Record visitors at low carbon vehicle summit


Showing the growth of the UK low carbon vehicle (LCV) industry, Cenex-LCV2018 saw a record 4,385 visitors and exhibitors attend the UK’s largest event for the low carbon vehicle community. This was a 13.5% rise on 2017 numbers, which were themselves a record. Held at Millbrook, Bedfordshire between 12-13 September 2018, Cenex-LCV2018 was opened by Rt Hon Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Industry & Energy with Rt Hon Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and Rt Hon Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, also in attendance.

Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies.  Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.

Now firmly established as the event to announce new innovations, products and initiatives, highlights of the event included:

·        New UK battery manufacturer launched. Hyperbat, a joint venture between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group announced plans to open a new UK facility to produce batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles, beginning with the Aston Martin Rapide E.

·        Westfield Technology Group (WTG) revealed a new autonomous vehicle. WTG and Korean company OnCar shared their plans to co-design and build a 12-14-seater autonomous vehicle, to complement WTG’s existing 4-6-seater model.

·        Niche vehicle technology competition winners share £3m investment. It was announced that 30 projects will receive grant funding from the Niche Vehicle Network competitions, collectively supported by Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

·        Digital Resilience Lab drives security in connected vehicles. Roke and Ricardo launched their new Digital Resilience Lab, which aims to help automotive manufacturers design and produce the next generation of secure vehicles and realize the vision of future transport systems.

·        Ford debuts plug-in hybrid electric Transit. Ahead of its first commercial trial in London, Ford’s Transit Custom van made its debut at Cenex-LCV2018.

·        Innovate UK showcases low-emission freight trials. Operators taking part in the Department for Transport’s Low Emission Freight and Logistics trial showed off electric, natural gas, KERS, dual-fuel hydrogen, smart charging and aerodynamic lightweight vehicles at Cenex-LCV2018

Commenting on the event, James Jean-Louis, Chargemaster plc said, “Every year the technology and the developments we see at Cenex-LCV grow – it has been an exciting step-change every year I’ve been here.”

“The attendance here is superb. It is the place where the industry comes to meet – we have a great mixture of government, manufacturers, supply chain companies and universities. Whoever you need to meet in the electrified vehicle space, they’re here,” said Prof. David Greenwood, WMG, The University of Warwick.

Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex said, “Since Cenex-LCV began 11 years ago we’ve seen enormous growth, and we’re very grateful for the range and breadth of support we’ve received from across government and industry. 2018 was a record in terms of attendance.  The UK has a vibrant research and development community bringing forward the next generation of enabling technologies for vehicle electrification and driverless vehicles.  We are very proud that the Cenex-LCV event has become a defacto meeting place for the motor industry innovation community. Our work on Cenex-LCV2019 has already begun.”

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