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Government funding for EV innovation

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The UK government is looking for innovative ideas to help boost the transition to electric vehicles. From early March companies working in the EV field could benefit from a share of a £20 million fund. Hopefully this investment will help secure the UK's place as a world leader in EV technology.

The funding will be targeted at all parts of the EV infrastructure, from the vehicles themselves to battery and charging point technology. KMF Group have been preparing to output the sheet metal needed to support the creation of 35,000 charging points.

The government estimates that a strong EV design sector could generate over 6,000 skilled jobs in the next ten years. This connects with their 'build back greener' campaign which incentivises projects and initiatives which aim to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner which sustains and protects the environment.

In launching the new funding innovative, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Investing in innovation is crucial in decarbonising transport, which is why I'm delighted to see creative zero-emission projects across the UK come to life."

Funding will be allocated in the form of a research & development competition which was launched during British Science Week (5th – 14th March). Similar funding opportunities have run in previous years. Winning entries have included a business who built a zero emission ambulance prototype and a Tech Startup who created popup charging stations which rise up from the pavement.

KMF Group work as sheet metal fabricators for businesses such as these, providing custom metal fabrication on a considerable range of high-quality sheet metal products. These range from charging station heads to pedestal bases all produced in a time efficient and cost effective way.

KMF Group offer extensive precision metal engineering capabilities, with 255,000 sq ft of metal manufacturing facilities, including state of the art sheet metal machinery ideal for the manufacture of weatherproof and vandal resistant EV charging stations.

The plant list features CNC laser cutting machines, automated CNC sheet metal bending machines, and MIG and TIG welding robots which provide a one-stop-shop solution capable of creating a vast range of exceptional quality sheet metal fabrication products, suitable for the manufacture of electric vehicle charging units.

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