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The Yorkshire Post: Dr. Andy Palmer - build electric buses in Yorkshire, not China

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15.06.21
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Switch’s Vice Chairman on why the UK should be choosing homegrown manufacturers

In an article published by The Yorkshire Post, Dr. Andy Palmer discusses the aftermath of Brexit, the pandemic and the impact they have had on local jobs and the economy. He also highlights Yorkshire's technical expertise and ability to help with the country's green economic recovery.

"Take the bus manufacturing industry as an example. The UK has a long history in bus innovation and manufacturing and, for many years, was a global industry hub. As Vice Chairman of Switch, the electric bus manufacturer that can trace its automotive roots to 1907, I can see the potential that this industry has to grow and deliver not only green and accessible transport for people in Yorkshire, but also local, green jobs."

In 2020, Leeds welcomed their first ever all-electric buses. "However, these buses weren't made in Yorkshire or even in the UK. They were made in China". This means taxpayer money spent abroad, and manufacturers missing out on contracts that could safeguard British jobs.

Click here to read the full piece and learn more about the importance of supporting our domestic EV industry.