Winners of the 2012 LowCVP Technology Challenge
Download the Winners' Brochure providing insight to each of the winning entries
The LowCVP Low Carbon Urban Mobility Technology Challenge follows the LowCVP’s successful ‘Challenge’ format of previous years, including the 2010 Challenge which brought forward innovative technical solutions for cutting carbon from heavy goods vehicles.
The solutions include products to: use dual fuel (gas-diesel); improve trailer designs to increase carriage capacity and also to reduce drag; optimise driving efficiency; adopt a hybrid-hydraulic power-train and a separate hybrid systems based on high-speed flywheels.
The six winning entrants to the LowCVP 2012 Technology Challenge were selected on a competitive basis from entries covering a variety of solutions. Their selection by an expert panel was based on the merits and impacts of their technology for reducing vehicle CO2 emissions, commercial viability and ease of integration.
The ideas proffer solutions to the problems posed by the need to travel in crowded urban areas. The winning proposals include a lightweight, driverless electric bus; a system to improve the efficiency of urban freight transport; a bus-taxi hybrid (a ‘buxi’); a low carbon, community-managed car club; plus two variants of lightweight, single seat electric vehicles.
The judges included senior representatives of: the Technology Strategy Board; the Transport Research Laboratory; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and other leading industrial organisations and experts drawn from the LowCVP’s wide membership.
The LowCVP Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “The LowCVP’s Technology Challenge shows how adept UK engineers and other specialists can be in developing innovative and effective concepts and solutions. The Challenge brings these great ideas for reducing the impact of our movements around cities to the attention of potential partners and customers providing new market opportunities for some outstanding UK businesses.”
“The ideas again challenge conventional thinking and show how different approaches to mobility might reduce the overall carbon impact significantly.”
Dave Greenwood of Ricardo Ltd and Chair of the LowCVP’s Innovation Working Group (IWG) said: “The IWG actively seeks to promote development and deployment of new technologies to reduce CO2 and for the commercial benefit of the UK. Our series of technology challenges are devised to encourage new, sometimes radical thinking and to provide the winners with a platform to assist their ideas in gaining commercial traction. We are delighted by the breadth of the applications received and by the quality of the winning submissions. Once again the UK has shown its capacity for directed innovation.”