A Chinese delegation has visited an unlikely UK town to help further the development of new energy vehicles.
A 23 person delegation from China came to the UK as part of the China EV100, a campaign designed to promote collaboration in the field of electronic vehicles.
The delegation included Mr Liu Xiao Shi, Deputy Secretary General of China EV100. Other delegates came as representatives of Chinese companies such as Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd, Zhejiang Wanma and Eakay Hi-Tech and Software Technology.
Swindon Borough Council’s Growth & Regeneration team met the delegation on Friday morning and took them to hear about Formula E racing cars at Williams Racing.
On arrival in Swindon the delegation toured Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and heard about their pioneering work in fuel cell technology, with presentations from the Hydrogen Hub New Energy Vehicle Industry Forum and expert academics from Southampton and Bath Universities.
John Mortimer Chairman of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Both China and the UK have committed to reducing the use of fossil fuel powered vehicles and aim to be world leaders in this field. Swindon and Wiltshire is well placed to respond to this opportunity, with its strong industrial heritage, automotive capability and innovative industry leaders. Swindon and Wiltshire warmly welcomes our new relationship with China EV100 and we look forward to working together to lead the New Energy Vehicle industry of the future.”
The trip to the UK was arranged by the Department for International Trade and is seen as the first step in a programme to build strong trade and investment links with China EV100 in the New Energy Vehicle market.