Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered at on 23 June 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support the production of (a) electric bicycles and (b) scooters.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Through Made Smarter, the UK’s national industrial digitalisation programme, the Government is investing up to £167 million to help manufacturers to adopt and innovate in industrial digital technologies that will increase productivity and competitiveness across the sector. We have also invested £350 million in seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres across the UK, which are supporting manufacturers to bring new technologies to market, and we will be investing an additional £600 million by the end of 2023.

As part of the Future of Transport Grand Challenge we are working with the Department for Transport to help ensure firms, like e-bike and scooter manufacturers, have access to the right supply of talented labour and the right business support, including access to finance.

The Department for Transport is also working to create a flexible regulatory framework for micro mobility vehicles. Through funding to support the uptake of e-bikes and e-cargo bikes, we are helping to create domestic demand, which is essential to growing the UK’s e-bike manufacturing base.

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