Midlands in line for huge jobs boost as electric vehicle (EV) rollout ramps up

A raft of new jobs will be created throughout the Midlands region in the UK as a result of the electric vehicle (EV) boom in the region. Analysis carried out by WSP for Midlands Connect shows that nearly 30,000 jobs could be created thanks to the projected boom in electric vehicle (EV) use.

Midlands Connect is the transport partner of the Midlands Engine, and the Midlands’ Sub-National Transport Body. Midlands Connect researches, develops and champions long-term transport projects which will provide the biggest possible economic, social and environmental benefits for the Midlands and the rest of the UK.

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The analysis by WSP shows that 4,575 jobs could be created in electric vehicle charge point installation, 4,548 in charge point operation, 665 manufacturing jobs, 1,383 retail jobs, 3,157 energy distribution and storage and new 1,754 energy production roles. The figures also show that 10,872 jobs would be created in energy retail and 1,556 in value-added services.

These figures come alongside data released by Midlands Connect which suggests that the Midlands is on the brink of an electric vehicle boom and could see over 1.7 million electric cars on its streets by the end of the decade. These new projections have been released by Midlands Connect and WSP ahead of its online electric vehicle conference, taking place today.

Figures suggest that the Midlands will see a 2,475 percent increase in uptake in electric vehicles by the end of 2030, with projections predicting to rise from 68,713 electric vehicles today to 1,769,855 on its roads by the end of 2030. This means nearly a third (28.4%) of all vehicles registered in the Midlands Connect area could be an electric vehicle by the end of 2030.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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