Two Mid Wales businesses – Electric Classic Cars and the Riversimple – are the forefront of innovation in electric vehicles, working to meet the future demands of road transport.
Electric Classic Cars offers conversion of classic cars to 100% electric. It has worked on vehicles including the Range Rover Classic, Ferrari 308 and BMW CSi.
The Riversimple Rasa is a hydrogen-fuelled car, emitting nothing but pure water and eliminating the need for batteries. The business plans to move from car sales to a subscription service.
The Welsh Labour Government is working to introduce infrastructure to support burgeoning electric car industries, including an expansion of charging and fast charging points across Wales.
Its most recent budget contained £29m to transition to low emission vehicles, as part of wider investment in green transport. This year will also see the publication of an electric vehicle charging strategy for Wales which will outline in greater detail the Welsh Government’s role in promoting electric cars. Additionally, a hydrogen strategy for Wales will be an integrated component of Wales’s next low-carbon delivery plan for 2021-25.
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, said:
“Low carbon transport is essential in tackling the climate emergency, and we are providing more and more support to help the shift to greener methods of travel.
This was a fascinating visit to two companies who are thinking innovatively about the future of cars. There is significant expertise in both Electric Classic Cars and Riversimple, so this was a great opportunity to hear about their future plans and discuss how we can help them grow.”