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New electric car coming to UK, as SMMT launch award to search for the ‘next big automotive innovation’

As the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders searches for ‘the next big automotive innovation’, it was announced today that a new electric vehicle for fleets will be coming to the UK this summer.

The SMMT launced the 2013 Award for Automotive Innovation to ‘seek out fresh ideas, inventive concepts and pioneering products that have the potential to leave a lasting impact on the automotive industry and provide tangible benefits to motorists’.

Recognising innovations from a wide variety of disciplines across the automotive sector, it acknowledges the time, effort and investment that the businesses in the UK motor industry dedicate to R&D and innovation.

From the invention of the world”s first steel brake discs to the development of reflective road lighting, UK engineering has, without a doubt, played a major role in shaping the global automotive industry. Today, automotive is the UK”s third largest sector for R&D investment, with domestic companies spending more than £1.5bn a year on R&D projects that push the boundaries of automotive technology and innovation.

“The UK is home to some of history”s most renowned automotive innovators, but today we are calling for designers and engineers that are working on the technology of tomorrow,” explained Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “UK automotive is working hard to stay at the forefront of our global industry and SMMT”s Award for Automotive Innovation will draw attention to some of the best ideas that could benefit the sector for years to come.”


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