UK Awards £33M for Development of Low-Carbon Automotive Technologies

June 27, 2019 by Scott McMahan

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) awarded £33m in the twelfth-round of government-funding to advance the UK's low carbon automotive capability. The funding is intended for innovative programs that are expected to secure and create 2,230 jobs in research and manufacturing sectors across the UK.

APC selects projects because of their contribution to the UK's development of cutting-edge technology and their alignment to the UK's modern industrial strategy

In addition to helping establish future supply chains, the broad range of funded-projects include the development of high-performance battery packs and electrified construction equipment as well as the development of hydrogen-powered engines.

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To mark the announcement, Business Minister, Andrew Stephenson, visited McLaren Group in Woking. McLaren Applied Technologies is the lead partner in the ESCAPE project. The ESCAPE project is receiving £9.8m funding for the creation of a complete end-to-end supply chain for a critical component to be used in all electrified vehicles, whether automotive, railway, marine, or aviation. The ESCAPE project is the first UK-funded effort related to the advancement of all types of electric vehicles.

"This new investment will further enhance the UK's leading position in the development of clean growth in the automotive sector. We are committed to our Future of Mobility mission to be a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero emissions technology as part of our modern industrial strategy," Business and Industry Minister, Andrew Stephenson, 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."

"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," Ian Constance, Chief Executive of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said.

"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 successful projects receiving funding

  • Tata Motors European Technical Centre Limited: The ZETE project is an ultra-clean engine that reduces emissions in high-pollutant sectors, such as heavy haulage, rail, and shipping.
  • Unipart Powertrain Applications Limited: The H1perChain project is intended to strengthen the UK's battery industry by providing a cost-effective route for UK-produced batteries into domestic and export markets.
  • Caterpillar (U.K.) Limited will take part in 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).