Low carbon research hub unveiled

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover and Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, have announced they are teaming up to create a Low Carbon Vehicle Development Centre.

The centre will encourage car companies to develop low carbon technology by linking high-tech research and manufacturing. It is hoped the scheme, funded by £30m from Advantage West Midlands and £50m from Jaguar Land Rover, will eventually lead to a UK-wide network of programmes.

Announcing the project at the Land Rover assembly plant in Solihull, Minister for the West Midlands Ian Austin MP said "I want our region to lead the way in developing the new technologies and creating the new jobs on which our prosperity will depend in the future.

"This is exactly the sort of step we need to make if we are going to make sure we have the high-tech innovative industries and highly-skilled and well-paid jobs of the future here in the West Midlands."

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