Sunderland – Centre of the EV World     

Bosses from some of the UK’s biggest electric vehicle, battery and component manufacturers will gather in Sunderland next month to discuss how best to secure the future of the automotive industry in the North East, by delivering investment, growth and jobs for the region. They will be joined by hundreds of local businesses at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Regional Forum at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The North East is well-known as an automotive manufacturing centre of excellence, home to one of the UK’s largest car makers and the first battery gigafactory in the UK.  At least 7,000 highly-skilled, well paid jobs have since been created to produce electric vehicles and technology in the region, turning out 47.5% (33,537 units) of all the battery electric vehicles (BEVs) made in the UK last year, with most of these zero-emission cars – critical products in the fight to address air quality and tackle climate change – built for export to global markets.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT said, “The North East is an automotive manufacturing hub for the UK, making products that are sought after across the globe while sustaining thousands of well-paid, skilled jobs. The region has seen more investment into electric vehicle and battery production than any other in the UK, highlighting its importance to the sector, the economy and the decarbonisation of road transport. But no region can rest on its laurels, so it is important that its competitive advantage is retained and further investment secured not just to create new jobs and growth but to bolster the UK’s shift to net zero.”