Lighter, faster, better – the key elements to charging the electrical vehicle revolution

03 Oct 2019

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Lighter, faster, better – the key elements to charging the electrical vehicle revolution

Lighter, faster, better – the key elements to charging the electrical vehicle revolution


Johnathan Dudley, Head of Manufacturing at national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, has welcomed the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) decision to make a repayable grant of £18 million to fast charge the new £126 million battery park in Coventry.

WMCA has backed the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry and the 193,750 square feet facility is due for completion in March 2020. It is expected to create around 100 jobs when fully operational. 

Dudley, who is also Managing Partner for the Midlands and South West region, said: “This grant will help ensure that UKBIC has the latest technology to attract top tier automotive manufacturers and R&D companies.

“Not only will this help spearhead the UK battery development industry, the knock-on effect will be to create additional jobs in the supply chain with further employment and training opportunities in the future.” Dudley reiterated his recent call for manufacturers to team up to build competitive advantage.

“Now, more than ever, we need to exploit our technology advances and expertise. “We need to be producing electrical vehicles that are powered by the optimum technology available and UKBIC plays a key part.”

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to build a range of fully electric cars less than 20 miles away at its iconic Castle Bromwich plant and that is it working with BMW on the battery and motor technology.

Dudley said: “With collaborations like this, and we need many more of them throughout the automotive sector, we can gain competitive advantage in the continuously evolving global electric vehicle market.

“But we need to ensure we are better, faster and producing lighter vehicles than anyone else, as these are the key elements that will drive success. “The key areas to explore at present are weight reduction, aerodynamics and chassis design.”

Crowe runs Manufacturing Business Network events at its Midlands office at Black Country House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, and organises site visits to leading automotive manufacturers and centres of excellence. The next Manufacturing Business Network event is at Black Country House on Wednesday 6 November when Ninder Johal will lead a discussion on the launch of 5G services and the implications for business.

Johal was recently appointed a non-executive director of West Midlands 5G Ltd, a new organisation set up to deliver the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed. The next generation of mobile technology recently arrived in the UK following the launch of 5G services from leading Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

WM5G’s mission is to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks and test, prove and scale new 5G services across the West Midlands. The company is part of the DCMS 5G Test Beds and Trials Programme.

The Manufacturing Business Network event on 6 November is free and to register to attend, please contact nathan.sanghera@crowe.co.uk or call 0121 543 1900.

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