Birmingham is to host an international summit of world leaders and industry experts to discuss the move to pollution-free cars.
It comes as the UK prepares for a ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles, due in 2040.
The British government has organised the summit, which takes place at the ICC in Broad Street on September 12.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The Government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5bn in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021.
“This ground-breaking event shows Britain leading the way in developing the new technology that will create new jobs and help improve the air we breathe.
“And with a proud history in pioneering vehicle manufacturing, Birmingham is exactly the right location to showcase the innovations of the future.”
Senior politicians from across the world will join representatives of car-making firms, academics and financial institutions, at what the Government says is the first event of its kind.
They will discuss the coming revolution in transport, as countries move towards zero-emission vehicles. These are vehicles which do not admit particles into the atmosphere, such as electric vehicles.
Ministers say they want the UK to lead the way in the design and production of the vehicles.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The Midlands has a rich automotive heritage and the growth of high-tech manufacturing across the region continues to drive investment into the region, produce highly skilled jobs and boost economic growth – making it an ideal place to lead the world in zero emission vehicles.
“Our modern Industrial Strategy sets out plans for the transition to ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technology and this summit, bringing together global leaders in the green vehicle revolution, is an important step on the road to making that ambition a reality.”
It’s estimated that air pollution could be killing more than 1,000 people in the West Midlands every year.
Ministers have published a clean air strategy as part of a drive to halve the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution across the European Union by 2030.
However, vehicles are not the only culprit, as wood-burning stoves are partly to blame, Proposals include allowing councils to crack down on “dirty” fuels – including some wetter types of wood – and enforce “no burn” days.