A cross-section of the motor industry representing volume manufacturers, niche vehicle producers and component suppliers has formed the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) new electric vehicle group.

It will "interact" with the government, stakeholders and industry both in the UK and internationally and promote a collaborative industry-wide approach to the development of ultra-low carbon technologies, the SMMT said.

"Addressing a wide-range of issues including government policy and legislation, research and development, technical regulations, market development, supporting infrastructure and consumer incentives, the diverse group of companies will act to develop the UK's role in this globally competitive field," the industry group said.

"The UK has a strong emerging electric vehicle industry which will benefit from working together on a strategic approach to the issues that affect each and every one of them," said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.

"The development of ultra low carbon vehicles provides an important opportunity for the UK motor industry and SMMT is determined to provide the support mechanisms needed to maximise the value to our national economy."