The launch of the all-electric LEAF at Nissan's Sunderland plant in north east England adds weight to the region's claim to be a leading European centre of low carbon vehicle (LCV) development. Output from the Nissan plant in 2012 exceeded Italy's entire national car production, at 510,572 units. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Dr Colin Herron, managing director of Zero Carbon Futures, who described the wide range of LCV activities being undertaken across the region.