New state-of-the-art Intertek laboratory is UKâ€™s highest capacity electric and hybrid vehicle testing centre
The UKâ€™s highest-capacity electric and hybrid vehicle testing facility has opened in Milton Keynes with the aim of developing â€œcutting edgeâ€ plug-in car technology.
The state-of-the-art Intertek laboratory was officially unveiled on Friday (January 14) by transport minister Robert Goodwill in support of the governmentâ€™s pledge for every new car and van to be emission-free by 2040.
During his visit, Mr Goodwill MP was shown some of the new technology being tested, such as battery simulators designed to test the latest plug-in cars with improved ranges, and the emissions measurement equipment designed to help the industry meet tougher EU emission standards.
Minister of State for transport Robert Goodwill said: â€œThis impressive facility shows how the industry, with our support, is creating highly-skilled jobs and opportunities not just in Milton Keynes but across the whole automotive sector.
â€œIt makes perfect sense that global companies like Intertek would choose to expand their UK base when we are the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe. We are backing industry with a Â£600 million investment until 2020 to ensure every new UK car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2040.â€
Managing director of Intertek Milton Keynes, Tony Braddon, said: â€œIntertek is privileged to work in partnership with the best of Britainâ€™s automotive manufacturing industry to test and develop their vehiclesâ€™ powertrains to ensure they are the best they can be. Working together, Intertek has recognised that the future of the automotive industry is changing and moving into a high-tech future where the use of internal combustion engines is being augmented and superseded by hybrid technology, batteries and electric motors.â€
According to Intertek, the expanded Milton Keynes site will employ 100 people in and around the local area and support â€œthousandsâ€ more highly-skilled jobs across the country involved in the low emission vehicles sector.
The new facility follows the Chancellorâ€™s pledge as part of his Autumnn Spending Review that the government will spend an increased Â£600 million between 2015 and 2020 towards supporting the development, manufacture and uptake of low emission vehicles.