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    NAA Event Review: Are you Ready for Electrification?

    The world is moving away from petrol and diesel powertrains to electric vehicles. Is your business prepared? The ‘Are you Ready for Electrification’ event at Daresbury on 22 May 2019 featured a range of organisations that can help your company become part of the emerging EV Supply Chain…

    Dr Mark Swift from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) explained how the ‘Ready for Electrification’ programme seeks to support small to medium size businesses that are currently supplying or have an interest in supplying to the EV sector.

    The Ready for Electrification programme will:

    • Develop a UK supply base for the current and future EV market.
    • Offer practical and technical support to businesses.
    • Connect the whole supply chain from SME to OEM.
    • Help UK manufacturers to understand the challenges and get ready for them.

    There was also a presentation from Simon Buckley from Magtec, an engineering company based in Sheffield, that converts buses and trucks from diesel to electric powertrains. Simon gave the example of diesel refuse collection vehicles, which currently average 2.5-4mpg, and consume £100 of fuel per day, yet every refuse collection route in the UK can be completed on electric power. Magtec is keen to source more components for its powertrains from the UK, and ideally from NAA members.

    Philippa Oldham from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) talked about the importance of developing more manufacturing of EVs and their components in the UK, and the APC exists to support this aim, including through its Electric Supply Chain Database.

    Following the presentations there were also tours of the Hartree Centre, which is part of STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Sci-Tech Daresbury.

    Presentations from the event are available to download here:

    NAA companies that want to develop their business to supply components for electric vehicles can read more about the NAA’s ‘Automotive Business Opportunities’ service here:

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham