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Electric vehicle parts firm Sevcon welcomes government driveless car push

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne's plans to get driverless cars on UK roads within a year has been lauded by a North-East electric parts company.

Mr Osborne's Budget (Wednesday March 16) confirmed tests on autonomous vehicles will start on British roads in late 2017.

The scheme, alongside Highways England, has received praise from Sevcon, known for making controllers for the electric Renault Twizy car and parts for battery-powered Brammo motorcycles.

Matt Boyle, president and chief executive of Gateshead-based Sevcon, welcomed Mr Osborne's vision, saying its next generation drive train systems are well-equipped to cover any future demand.

According to the Budget, the Government will set aside £61bn to improve transport networks, which Mr Osborne said, will help make the UK "a global centre for excellence in connected and autonomous vehicles".

Mr Boyle, whose company employs about half of its 144-strong workforce in Gateshead, said: "Driverless vehicles will be powered by an electric drive train, which is much easier to automate than an internal combusion vehicle.

"We are leading the way in developing solutions for the drivetrains of the future and we see great potential for the business in the Chancellor's announcement."

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Source: The Northern Echo

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