SOUTH BEND - A visit this week to South Bend by British Ambassador to the United States was designed to help boost the relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. regarding clean growth and energy efficiency. Kim Darroch met with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss development of electric vehicle and green energy technology.

The discussions highlighted the city's "smart transportation" efforts, which include municipal charging stations at City Hall. The pair met Monday at the Studebaker National Museum. Buttigieg said "it was an honor to host Ambassador Darroch in South Bend to discuss the City's commitment to a sustainable future. Through our historic investment in parks and trails, natural gas-powered fleets, and downtown electric vehicle charging stations, we are distinguishing South Bend as a model for clean energy."

Darroch, who came to the meeting in a Jaguar I-PACE, which is the British car maker's first-ever all-electric vehicle, said "Mayor Pete is a leading voice in the fight against climate change at the city and local level, as evidenced by his work to install smart transportation solutions in South Bend. It was a pleasure to meet him at the famed Studebaker Museum and discuss how the UK might be able to help South Bend’s clean energy ambitions."

Clean Jobs Midwest estimates Indiana is home to more than 80,000 clean energy jobs, a number it says will growth by nearly 5,000 in the next year. British officials say the UK is hoping to partner with Indiana "in this area of shared economic and environmental importance." Some 200 British businesses have a presence in Indiana, employing over 30,000 Hoosiers.