New lab supports plug-in development

New lab supports plug-in development

A new state-of-the-art electric and hybrid vehicle testing facility has opened in Milton Keynes.

The Intertek laboratory will support the Government's pledge for every new car and van to be emission-free by 2040.

Among the cutting-edge technology at the site are battery simulators designed to test the latest plug-in cars with improved ranges. There is also e missions measurement equipment to gauge how plug-in vehicles are helping the industry to meet tougher EU emissions standards.

Britain is the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe, while it is also setting the pace on the world stage.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says the facility demonstrates how the plug-in car industry is creating highly skilled jobs and opportunities across the entire automotive sector. It is the highest capacity electric and hybrid vehicle testing centre anywhere in the UK.

The government is backing the industry with a £600 million investment until 2020, as part of its commitment to emission-free cars and vans.

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