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IAA Mobility 2021


About the event

IAA Mobility 2021 is one of the world's largest and most important trade fairs for mobility and automotive, transport and logistics.

From September 7 to 12, 2021, the IAA will take place in Munich for the first time in a completely new form. In addition to exhibition halls, the city center will also open up to the mobility of the future.

At this year’s show, the Department for International Trade will be exhibiting for the second time, using their space to showcase some of the most innovative companies in the UK automotive industry and promoting the UK’s capabilities in future mobility.


The UK Pavilion will be located in Hall A2, stand A09.


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Mobility and electric vehicles

  • The UK car industry manufactures a significant proportion of Europe’s electric vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, one of the most popular models in the world. 
  • The UK is where the world comes to innovate, with 7 out of 10 F1 teams having a UK base, and is the home of Formula E and Extreme E.
  • The UK excels in the technologies for zero-carbon propulsion (the lithium-ion battery was invented at Oxford University), lightweight materials and structures, and connected and autonomous vehicles.
  • To support our goal of achieving Net Zero by 2050, the Prime Minister has announced the 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in November 2020: 
    • £1.3bn to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England, so people can more easily and conveniently charge their cars. 
    • £582m in grants for those buying zero- or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and incentivise more people to make the transition.
    • An initial £500m of funding, to be spent in the next four years for the development and industrialisation of electric vehicle supply chains.
  • The UK has one of the most flexible regulatory environments in the world for the deployment of automated vehicles:
    • Any level of automation can be trialled on UK roads without a permit providing the vehicle is properly insured, road legal, and overseen by a safety driver.
    • The government committed £200m together with industry to create CAM Testbed UK, a world-leading Connected Automated Vehicle testing ecosystem. It brings together 28 cross-sector partners across six interoperable facilities all within three hours’ drive. No other country is currently organising its testing capabilities in such a collaborative and open fashion.
  • In addition, Government has invested £1.2m to help position the UK as a centre for cybersecurity excellence.
  • To quickly scale up the hydrogen sector to meet the UK target of 5GW low-carbon hydrogen by 2030, the UK is supporting both blue and green hydrogen production and the development of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.
    • With a dynamic hydrogen ecosystem, UK hydrogen companies have world-leading fuel cell, hydrogen production and material technologies, and some have secured substantial foreign direct investment. 66% of UK hydrogen companies surveyed already export goods and services to the growing world hydrogen market.
    • The Department for Transport launched the £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme in September 2020, which will see the funding of new hydrogen refuse trucks and a hydrogen refuelling station in Glasgow. It has also announced the ambition for Tees Valley to become a trailblazing Hydrogen Transport Hub, bringing together industry and academia to help create hundreds of green jobs.
    • The Net Zero Hydrogen Fund offers £240m to support both blue and green hydrogen production.
    • The UK has a strong pipeline of hydrogen projects across the UK, with Innovate UK funding around 66 H2FC (UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell) projects, with a total value of £33m.


Commercial opportunities

  • The UK is seeking investment in all areas of the EV supply chain: batteries, power electronics, motors and fuel cells. We are actively engaging with companies interested to invest in the UK all along the value chain from materials to finished product.
  • Our priority investment goal is to attract investment in cell manufacturing (so called gigafactories), producing batteries for electric vehicles. The projected scale of UK future EV production alone necessitates the installation of up to 5 gigafactories in coming years.
  • The UK’s Faraday Challenge is investing up to £318m in research and innovation projects and facilities to drive the growth of a strong battery business in the UK. As a part of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is the first facility of its kind in the world. The £120m investment supports companies to quickly develop their capabilities to manufacture batteries, scale up and expand to global markets.
  • The Driving the Electric Revolution challenge is investing £80m in electrification technologies including power electronics, electric machines and drives (PEMD). The investment will support the UK’s push towards a net-zero carbon economy and contribute to the development of clean technology supply chains.
  • £250m match-funding for CAV R&D projects.

If you have any queries about the Department for International Trade’s presence at IAA Mobility 2021, please contact Magdalena Klischat: