19.8.2021Low carbon automotive projects awarded £91m funding
Four projects have received funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre Collaborative Research and Development competition, which supports the development of innovative low carbon automotive technology.
Electric car batteries with a range similar to internal combustion engines and that can charge in as little as 12 minutes are among the four projects, which have been awarded more than £91 million of government and industry funding to develop the latest green automotive technology.
Together, the projects could save almost 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to the lifetime emissions of 1.3 million cars, and secure over 2,700 jobs across the country. The innovations will also help to make electric vehicles more affordable, efficient and convenient.
“These projects tackle some really important challenges in the journey to net-zero road transport. They address range anxiety and cost, which can be a barrier to people making the switch to electric vehicles and they also provide potential solutions to the challenge of how we decarbonise public transport and the movement of goods,” said Ian Constance, CEO at the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
Birmingham-based Project CELERITAS has received £9.7 million to create ultra-fast charging batteries for electric and fuel cell hybrid vehicles that can charge in as little as 12 minutes. BMW-UK-BEV, in Oxford, has also been awarded £26.2 million to develop an electric battery that will rival the driving range of internal combustion engines.
The other projects have also been awarded funding for work on engines and vehicles themselves. The BRUNEL project, in Darlington, has received £14.6 million to develop a novel zero emission, hydrogen-fuelled engine to help decarbonise heavy goods vehicles. REEcorner, in Nuneaton, has been awarded £41.2 million to radically redesign light and medium-sized commercial electric vehicles by moving the steering, breaking, suspension and powertrain into the wheel arch, enabling increased autonomous capability, storage space and design flexibility.
“By investing in this innovation, we’re taking these technologies closer to the point where they are commercially viable, which will strengthen the UK’s automotive supply chain, safeguard or create jobs and reduce harmful greenhouse emissions,” Constance added.