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Electric engineer leading a new industrial revolution

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Back in 2010, the region was crowned the UK's best connected area for electric cars, thanks to its 300 charging points, stretched from Middlesbrough to Berwick.

Just months later, Wearside's firm Zero Carbon Futures, led by electric vehicle expert Dr Colin Herron, was launched, saying it wanted to deliver a low carbon revolution to the North-East.

However, to trace the roots of electric vehicle innovation in the region, you have to go back further, and look at Gateshead-based Sevcon.

A majorly important player in the sphere, its products, such as motor controllers and battery chargers, have put it at the forefront of electric and hybrid vehicle technology for decades.

Last week, it revealed increased revenues of £13.3m for the six months between September 2014 and March this year, with profits rising from £594,636 to £627,453.

Although listed on the Nasdaq, the company, which employs about 120 people, including more than half based in the region, was launched on the Team Valley more than 50 years ago.

It is now a symbol of North-East innovation.

But what has ensured such longevity, and how does it expect to continue its growth?

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Source: The Northern Echo

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