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Hitachi's Jon Lawes named as BVRLA vice-chair

Date: 07 June 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS) vice-chair Jon Lawes has been named as the new vice-chair of the BVRLA.

Lawes has been a member of the BVRLA's committee of management since 2015, and will serve as vice-chair for 12 months.

Lawes, who has been HCVS managing director for six years, was sworn in as vice-chair at the BVRLA's AGM.

He said: "I'm honoured to be representing HCVS at this level. I've learnt a great deal from my time on the Committee of Management and see this position as a great opportunity to accelerate solving society's challenge to decarbonise and overcome barriers to electrification, the biggest of which being confidence in our UK charging infrastructure.

"I'm delighted to continue working with [BVRLA chief executive] Gerry Keaney and the committee of management to continue to deliver the BVRLA Plug in Pledge to operate 1.3m plug-in vehicles by 2025. 

"To achieve this, we need the continued backing and support from the Government and Department for Transport to ensure businesses and communities have access to charging infrastructure. As vice-chair, I will be looking forward to working closely with the BVRLA team to achieve this ambition."

Keaney said: "We are all looking forward to working with Jon. His experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as we address the big issues facing our industry and continue to support our increasingly diverse membership."