Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BMW electric car to inspire future engineers

A new Technical College, which aims to train the engineers of the future, is to promote its new educational facilities using one of the limited production run, BMW ActiveE electric cars.
Supplied to the new UTC Swindon college by fleet management firm, Arval, the new electric car will used to tour the college’s catchment area with an event team as part of a summer marketing campaign. Due to open its doors in September 2014, the University Technical College will cater for 600 14 to 19 year olds interested in pursuing a career in engineering, in all its diverse forms.
The ActiveE, is one of just 1,000 of its type manufactured by BMW, used as trial electric vehicles, to inform the development of the firm’s ‘i’ sub-brand electric cars, the first of which, the i3, is scheduled to launch later this year.
The car became well known across the UK last year when BMW provided thousands of vehicles, including many of its cleanest models, to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow
UTC Swindon and Arval will be displaying the BMW ActiveE at various events over the coming months including UTC Swindon’s first open evening. The team behind Swindon’s new University Technical College is inviting parents and young people to come along to an evening of information and fact-finding at the STEAM Museum in Kemble Drive on Thursday 11 July 2013 at 6:15 pm to launch the new college.
Dr Gareth Neighbour, who heads up Engineering at Oxford Brookes University, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for UTC Swindon to showcase its commitment to engineering and enterprise in education. Thanks to Arval, we can share with potential students and their families a wonderful example of cutting edge technology. It will clearly demonstrate the support we are receiving from
today’s world leaders in engineering.”
At the open evening at STEAM, staff and directors from the University Technology College will describe this new offer in technical education and how to apply for places.
The college will be run by a Trust owned by Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University. There will be over 30 different industry partners involved including: Arval, BMW UK Manufacturing Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent, Halcrow Group Ltd, Honda of the UK Manufacturing, Intel Corp UK Ltd, Network Rail, Nationwide Building Society and Thames Water.
The planned site for its new £10m state-of-the-art building is in Bristol Street, Swindon – at the heart of the railway village in a location generously supplied by Network Rail, one of the main partners. As well as being within easy walking distance from the train and bus stations, it’s central to the engineering and educational heritage of the area. As part of the original Great Western Rail works, it will a link between the ‘historic engineering’ and the ‘engineering future’ of the local area.