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EEN leads UK electric vehicle delegation at Oslo conference

Written by Lisa Brewer on 26 August 2020

Nordic EV Summit offers opportunities for 15 UK companies through Global Business Innovation Programme visit organised by Enterprise Europe Network.

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Enterprise Europe Network in the Midlands will be leading a delegation of 15 high-growth companies to the Nordic Electric Vehicle Summit in Oslo in April 2021, as part of Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). 

 

The two-day conference, which attracts more than 1,000 international delegates, will have key themes of global EV policy, energy of tomorrow, battery technology and mass production.

 

Through GBIP, ambitious UK businesses can build collaborations and partnerships so that they can accelerate business growth and access new global markets.

 

The government announced in June that it will be investing £73.5 million in the UK automotive industry to develop green technologies and reduce carbon emissions to aid economic recovery and safeguard jobs.

 

Global EV industry

 

A move towards electric transport is vital in helping the UK meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while growing the economy and creating jobs in greener industries.

 

The Nordic Electric Vehicle Summit offers the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from the global EV industry, policy makers, research communities and user groups. 

 

Those companies selected for the GBIP – Nordic EV Summit will be taking part in a structured series of preparatory webinars and online business matchmaking events to ensure they can make the most of the opportunity. 

 

Almost 60% of cars sold in Norway in 2019 were electric-powered and the Norwegian government is committed to ending the sale of conventional vehicles by 2025, offering attractive long-term incentives.

 

A large share of Norway’s domestic energy comes from renewable sources, making the switch to electric vehicles a much greener option.

 

Business matchmaking

 

The first event of the GBIP schedule involved the companies ‘meeting’ virtually and hearing about the nine-month plan which will culminate in their visit to Oslo, the ‘EV capital of the world’.  

 

Once in Oslo, their 3-day structured itinerary will include briefings by representatives from Innovation Norway, the Nordic EV Association and the City of Oslo. 

 

This will be followed by visits to the summit and pre-arranged meetings with potential global partners. The aim will be to initiate and build research, technology and innovation partnerships and to develop ongoing commercial project ideas.

 

On their return, the delegates will benefit from follow-up support from an EEN adviser to help build relationships with global partners and exploit international funding and commercial opportunities.