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The Government has opened a new component testing centre for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in an effort to support its pledge that every new car and van will be emission-free by 2040.
The new facility, located in Milton Keynes, is the UK's highest capacity electric and hybrid testing area. The Government said the opening of the Intertek lab will enable the UK's car industry to have better access to technology needed to test components used in new models.
"This impressive facility shows how the industry, with our support, is creating highly-skilled jobs and opportunities not just in Milton Keynes but across the whole automotive sector," said minister state for transport Robert Goodwill. "It makes perfect sense that global companies like Intertek would choose to expand their UK base when we are the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe."
"We are the backing the industry with a £600 million investment until 2020 to ensure every new UK car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2040," he added.