Once upon a time, the British automobile industry was a force to be reckoned with, though more recently it has shrunk to a mere shell of its former self. Most of the factories that remain in the country are now owned by foreign companies including traditional British marques like Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin in addition to Nissan and Honda. Now that the auto industry is being transformed by the move to electrification and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, some industry veterans want to use the opportunity revive a native industry.
Former Ford executive Richard Parry-Jones, chairman of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team, wants the UK government to set up a joint Automotive Council with industry to promote the development of next-generation technology. Parry-Jones wants British workers to be trained in the development and manufacturing of green technology and feels the development of homegrown tech could create 100,000 new jobs. Eventually, the hope is that a new set of low-carbon British automakers could rise from the ashes of a decimated industry.