Some of the most exciting new policy announcements at Labour Party conference this week have been the ambitious proposals to promote the use of electric vehicles, with interest-free loan and hire schemes.
Here I am being interviewed by Peter Plisner of Midlands Today about a similar if smaller scheme in Coventry just a year ago
The motor industry has shaped our city over the past century. The resulting expertise and skills base, alongside the R&D and international partnerships of our two brilliant Universities, is now putting Coventry at the forefront of new developments in car battery technology and autonomous (driverless) vehicles. Coventry remains the home of the Black Cab, and LEVC has been able to develop the superb new all electric model of this iconic vehicle – a prestige taxi that is already a common sight on the streets of major cities around the world.
It is just over a year ago that I was delighted to launch a new scheme, building on the partnership between LEVC, Coventry City Council and a range of others, to incentivise the roll out of the new all electric cabs in their home city. The argument was simple – by putting together an attractive package we could lower emissions in the city, and showcase a local product. The scheme fitted with the wider campaign I’d been running on Coventry’s ‘safe professional taxis’, working with UNITE and GMB trade unions as well as local taxi drivers.
It’s brilliant to see our Party developing this kind of approach on a larger scale as a national priority.
Read more about the Coventry ‘Go Electric’ scheme in this press cutting