1.12.2021Electric vehicle test centre opens in Milton Keynes
Intertek Group plc, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has opened a new EV Centre of Excellence for high voltage EV propulsion systems in Milton Keynes.
Powered by the latest innovative technology, the state-of-the-art testing centre enhances Intertek’s offering for customers in the automotive sector, helping manufacturers accelerate their equipment and systems capabilities in the fast-developing world of electric and hybrid vehicles.
The opening ceremony saw a number of leaders from the automotive industry attend, along with the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, who welcomed Intertek’s investment into the region. In addition, Intertek and the centre were awarded Automotive Testing Technology International’s prestigious Company of the Year prize and Engine Test Facility of the Year, with both awards presented at the opening ceremony by the publication’s editor, Rachel Evans.
The rapid development and global adoption of EV technologies, combined with technical challenges, government commitments to reducing emissions and continued investment in charging infrastructure mean that the demand for comprehensive, independently verified Total Quality Assurance solutions is growing rapidly within the automotive industry.
With road transport accounting for over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, a rapid global transition to zero emission vehicles is vital to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. EVs will offer huge opportunities as part of the ‘Green Revolution’ for jobs and growth, cleaner air, improved public health and enhanced mobility solutions.
“With a tipping point having been reached, sustainability is the movement of our time and we are now accelerating towards a cleaner future of mass-market all-electric vehicles," said André Lacroix, Chief Executive Officer of Intertek.
At the new Intertek facility, clients will be able to access world-class technical expertise, pioneering innovation and leading services. The aim is to support the increasing need for fast, bespoke, expert testing services and rapid results together with the latest knowledge and experience of the changing industry landscape.
"The EV industry has a pivotal role to play in the UK’s and the world’s transition to a low carbon economy and our new award winning, state-of-the-art facility will offer the world’s leading automotive manufacturers a unique technology, innovation and experience centre with industry-leading, end-to-end ATIC services purpose built for the world’s rapid global transition to zero emission vehicles," Lacroix concluded.