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18th March 2016

Lightning Hybrids International Move to MIRA Technology Park

The US automotive research and manufacturing company develops regenerative brake technologies specifically for light commercial vehicles, which capture energy during braking and turn it into acceleration. The innovative technology improves engine efficiency for vehicles that are frequently braking and stopping (including delivery vehicles), reduces brake wear, saves fuel and reduces pollution, including NOx and CO2 emissions.

The move to MIRA Technology Park provides LHI with a platform for international expansion, with the site the ideal location for growth, situated next to one of the most comprehensive proving grounds in Europe and providing access to 37 major engineering test facilities.

Tim Sherwood, Managing Director of International Business at Lightning Hybrids International, said: “We’re delighted to establish our first UK base at MIRA Technology Park. The Midlands – and indeed HORIBA MIRA - is a hive of activity for the automotive industry, and home to many top tier automotive suppliers and OEMs.

“This location brings us closer to our UK customers and from here we hope to further grow our business in the UK and within Europe, as well as take advantage of the extensive facilitates available on our doorstep at MIRA Technology Park.”

Terry Spall, Commercial Director at MIRA Technology Park, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Lightning Hybrids International to MIRA Technology Park. With its new base here in the UK, serving as its European development hub, we’re looking forward to working with and watching this very innovative company grow over the coming years. It is further testament to the Midlands as a centre of automotive excellence that an international company like LHI is investing here, and specifically in MIRA Technology Park.”

Since 2010, MIRA Technology Park has welcomed over 30 globally-recognised businesses to the site. It has also become one of the UK’s top performing Enterprise Zones and is rapidly gaining recognition as a premier location in Europe for automotive research and development.