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Infrastructure for Zero Emission Vehicles (IZEV)

WMCA is finalising an IZEV strategy to ensure that it can provide sufficient and appropriate infrastructure to allow the cost effective and fair transition to zero emission transport options by 2041. 

The strategy is designed to bridge the gap between energy, transport and spatial planning processes, bringing stakeholders together to:

  • Ensure the region’s energy infrastructure is able to support the decarbonisation of a wide range of modes of transport
  • Utilise the public sector’s planned investment in transport services to catalyse wider investment and
  • Harness the location of the West Midlands to provide infrastructure to support both national and local needs

Investment Proposition:

EV Transit Charging Hubs

WMCA are looking to bring forward a spine network of ultra-rapid charging transit stations akin to a petrol filling station. This is just one of the ways that will give confidence to residents and local businesses looking to make the transition to electric vehicles, as well as those transiting around or across the region.

Case Study:

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established in 2013 as a £1bn joint investment between government and industry, focussed on making the UK a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion technology. Since its launch the APC has funded over 110 low-carbon projects, involving more than 290 partners and supporting 36 major R&D projects worth a total of £589m.

The APC invests in projects low carbon emission technology projects (including battery technology, hydrogen fuels, motors & drives) with applications for cars, buses, heavy goods vehicles. Most recently in March 2021, APC announced £54m of R&D funding for projects including hydrogen-powered buses. As well as financial support, the APC provides technological support and strategic business advice.