THE WEST MIDLANDS will soon be the epicentre of taxi manufacturing after CAD CAM Automotive (CCA) announced it would build its new zero emissions hybrid Metrocab in the West Midlands city of Coventry.
CAA’s Chinese owner Red Sun Group is set to plough £300m investment into a new factory and follows the long term programme by the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) to build the E-City black cab in the Coventry suburb of Ansty.
President of the Red Sun Group Yang Shou Hai said:
I have always been driven by applying new technologies to provide better products and to reduce any harmful impact on the environment. This is another strong step in Red Sun’s stated ambition to becoming China and the world’s pioneer in new technology, independent innovation and industrial models.
“This investment opportunity brings together highly skilled workers and the application of market-leading technologies to provide highly efficient commercial vehicles with vastly reduced harmful exhausts.
“We are very excited at the long term prospects this technology and plant can deliver and on top of the £300m already announced, will lead to the production of billions of pounds worth of cars and commercial vehicles in the years to come.”
Richard Harrington MP, minister for business and industry, said: “Red Sun’s investment is further evidence of the UK’s strength in developing electric vehicle technology and highlights the significant innovation within the Midlands area.”
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
This is another significant investment from Red Sun and will clearly help CAD CAM to continue to build its capacity as well as create new jobs in Coventry and Warwickshire. It is a clear sign of how long established pedigree in engineering is helping to drive through very necessary new technology.