The UK’s first dedicated electric vehicle plant which opened today in Warwickshire shows “immense confidence” in British manufacturing, said West Midlands MEP James Carver.
He was speaking today after touring the £325 million plant at Ansty, Coventry, where London Taxi Company will build a new electric taxi, the TX5, and also a new electric light commercial vehicle.
The company was saved by Chinese company Geely, which brought it out of administration in 2012 and the plant will eventually employ more than 1,000 people.
Mr Carver said: “This is a great show of confidence in British manufacturing as well as belief in the Midlands engine.
“The region has a long and proud history of vehicle making and this is the first major Chinese investment in the UK automotive sector.
“It is a great indication that Britain continues to be a brilliant place to invest in and I am delighted that Geely’s commitment clearly highlights that outside the EU Britain remains an attractive place to do business.
“The London taxi is a great British quality brand that continues to find its markets and this new generation vehicle will be exported worldwide from this plant in the heart of the West Midlands.
“This is a great opportunity as technology develops in the zero emissions sector.”