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£33 million Government funding for 5 projects 'to transform UK's low carbon automotive future'

Mon 10 June 2019 | Back to news list

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced the award of £33m funding for five projects involving 32 organisations to advance the UK's low carbon capability in the automotive sector.
APC says that the funding is for "innovative programmes that will secure and create 2,230 jobs in research and manufacturing sectors across the UK".
Projects range from the development of high-performance battery packs and electrified construction equipment, to hydrogen-powered engines – as well as helping support the establishment of future supply chains.
Business Minister, Andrew Stephenson, visiting McLaren Group in Woking said: “These projects will build the capacity and capability of UK companies to manufacture low carbon technology and create high skilled jobs and opportunities for all throughout the country in our development of innovative, clean technology.”
McLaren Applied Technologies is the lead partner in the ESCAPE project, which is receiving £9.8m funding to create a complete end-to-end supply chain for a key component to be used in all electrified vehicles) whether automotive, railway, marine or aviation – a first for the UK. 
Ian Constance, Chief Executive of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said: “Supporting the development of cutting-edge low carbon vehicle technology is crucial to ensuring we have a robust supply chain that enables the future of the UK automotive industry.
“The wide range of projects awarded funding is proof that there isn’t one answer to reducing transport emissions. We must continue to collaborate across sectors in order to boost innovation in many aspects of the industry so we can take advantage of export opportunities to other markets.”
Other projects that will receive funding are:
  • Tata Motors European Technical Centre Limited: The ZETE project is an ultra-clean engine that reduces emissions in high pollutant sectors, including heavy haulage, rail and shipping.
  • Unipart Powertrain Applications Limited: The H1perChain project will strengthen the UK’s battery industry by providing a cost-effective route for UK-manufactured batteries into domestic and export markets.
  • Caterpillar (U.K.) Limited: A joint project with AVID Technology to develop a fully electrified construction machine.
  • YASA Limited: The EV-LIFT project aims to produce a best-in-class Electronic Drive Unit (EDU) for next generation Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).

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