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Government commits £92m for green automotive projects

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The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has welcomed £92 million in the latest round of Government funding that will help with research and development of 49 automotive projects in the UK.

The APC is a non-profit organization that facilitates funding to UK-based research and development projects developing low-carbon emission powertrain technologies.

Through the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), 31 projects are set to benefit from £17m of investment in feasibility studies to support the future of green manufacturing and economic recovery for the UK. 

Some of the projects that will be get funding include improvements to vehicle battery ranges, scaling up vehicle battery production, vehicle battery recycling, battery charging and the production of a zero-emission electric single-deck bus that can either be powered by electric batteries or a hydrogen fuel-cell.

Of the 31 winners under the ATF, 14 will look at the viability of scaling–up product manufacturing, nine will assess the economic feasibility of large-scale manufacturing facilities in the UK and eight will look at advanced manufacturing processes for electric vehicle technologies.  

Meanwhile, £59 million will be committed to six automotive projects through the APC16 competition, including battery development, recycling and technology for cars, motorcycles, buses and commercial vehicles.

The combined award with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and matched by the industry partners, is aimed at providing support for technological growth, and is said to secure almost 3,000 jobs in the UK across research and manufacturing.  

A further 12 projects have been selected as part of the Government’s £16.5 million Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator (ARMD) competition, to support UK industry continuation with R&D after the COVID-19 pandemic and further accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.

These small-scale collaborative projects are being led by a range of OEMs and SMEs, focusing on products and processes across energy storage & management, power electronics, electric machines, lightweighting and hydrogen. 

Launched in June this year, the programme was conceived and launched within just two months, and the outputs will be displayed at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Show in September 2021.

Once successfully concluded, the 12-month projects will be used to seed future development programmes nationwide as well as overseas investment into the UK.  

Ian Constance, chief executive at the APC, said: “The investment in 49 innovative projects demonstrates the real and ongoing commitment of Government and industry working together to advance the UK’s vibrant automotive technology development sector towards a net zero future.  

“The creativity and engineering excellence in organisations receiving the latest matched funding stretches across the automotive landscape including buses, cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and components.”

Over an initial 10-year lifespan, the APC has a goal to save 50 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from the automotive industry, supporting the UK government’s net-zero plans.

The full list and details of all the funded projects can be viewed at APC's website.

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