The uk Government wants 50% of each British-built vehicle from the national level-of the code components as part of plans to make the industry more self-sufficient.
In the last industrial strategy white paper, the government cites electric, autonomous and connected vehicle technology as opportunities to take a “global leadership” and to reduce the amount of imported parts in the uk car manufacturing.
Reveals plans to boost government investment in technology-development projects, training and partnerships, citing the new Coventry Advanced Propulsion Center and in the Meridian autonomous car program as the recent success stories of this practice.
The Advanced Propulsion Center, headed by Williams Advanced Engineering, is a government-backed organisation that opened earlier this year, with the ambition of design, development and production of batteries in Britain. Set to be used in low-volume, high-performance automotive products, such as the Aston Martin Rapide-E, the batteries can also be exported.
More recently, the government has started its intervention with the Meridian, which works together with the Advanced Propulsion Centre anchor of a ‘cluster of driving to the excellence” along the M40 motorway. The program is designed to accelerate the development of connected and autonomous technology in great Britain, directly benefitting domestic cars and high-tech companies and giving the country a key asset to export.
The government says in its white paper that projects like these have already pushed the percentage of uk parts in British-built cars of 36% in 2011 to 44% in 2016. His intention to raise a bit more in order to make the uk more self-sufficient and less dependent on external producers.
Although not directly mentioned in the white paper of the automotive section, Brexit is highlighted as a possible catalyst for the government of the united kingdom, focused on the plan. The last Revenue HM and Customs department figures reveal that Â£35 million pieces of vehicles imported to great Britain every day, stressing the scale of dependency that the country has on its neighbouring continent, and highlighting the risk of a hard Brexit (trade and tariffs could bring).
Alongside the calls for a free tariff agreement to be secured, the industry experts have also warned that the government’s latest plans for the motorists, which include a new diesel tax increase outlined in the Autumn Budget, as it could affect the pace of progress at the cutting edge of automotive technologies. The uk Society of motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes said the Bus that the move will hinder “the ability of the industry and the government to achieve the CO2 limits” – which suggests the government’s white paper ambitions could be hampered by their own policies.
United kingdom, the production of vehicles up to 3.5% in October, thanks to the growth of exports