Drive Midlands will be exhibiting at Cenex-LCV Show 2017 in September to showcase the Midlands’ role as than undoubted centre of innovation in advanced manufacturing and home to a number of leading facilities.

Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event and is run by Cenex, the UK’s first centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies with assistance from Supporting Partners including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the Department for International Trade, the Advanced Propulsion Centre, the Automotive Council, Innovate UK, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and Transport Systems Catapult.

60% of the UK automotive industry’s R&D by value is carried out in the region. This critical mass of R&D supporting the automotive industry is unparalleled anywhere else in the UK. The Midlands continues to attract overseas investors, ranking with Poland and Turkey as a top global destination for automotive foreign direct investment (Source: fDi Intellingence, Financial Times Ltd, 2017).

To build on and promote this world leading position, Drive Midlands is operating as a central hub for supply chain businesses in the UK’s automotive heartland, bringing together support services, specialist knowledge and expertise to develop and safeguard the future of the industry.

Drive Midlands’ vision is to support a world class supply chain that leads on cost, productivity, technology, innovation and engineering expertise and realise the potential of the electric vehicle revolution.

The drive to improve air quality and develop and introduce alternative propulsion systems, means that we are currently on the threshold of a market revolution in vehicle electrification. Most vehicle manufacturers are developing mass market electric vehicle technology but there needs to be an industry focus on this to ensure our competitive positioning.

In parallel, research centres are looking for the energy storage breakthrough which will reduce the battery cost from $280 / kWh to $100 / kWh by 2035 and extend the energy and power densities of today’s lithium ion batteries by a multiple of four.

This will bring opportunities for the supply chain in powertrain, control systems and material technologies to develop light weight structures and interiors.

Visit stand C4-308 and C4-208 at Cenex-LCV to discuss these and future advancements in electric vehicle technology with Drive Midlands.


Date: 6th & 7th September 2017
Location: Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire

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