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Government launches £20m electric vehicle innovations fund

The Government has announced a £20 million research and develoment competition to find solutions to the challenges associated with increasing the uptake of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and the necessary infrastructure

Solutions will need to address one or more of these challenges: 

  • ZEV range capability.
  • Adoption of small commercial ZEVs.
  • Transition to zero emission for special use vehicles.
  • Sustainability of ZEVs.
  • Public residential charging in urban areas.
  • Rural charging.
  • Fleet charging.
  • ZEV and charging user experience.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Investing in innovation is crucial in decarbonising transport, which is why I’m delighted to see creative zero-emission projects across the UK come to life.

"The funding announced today will help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation, creating jobs and accelerating us towards our net-zero ambitions."

Among the previous winners is a zero emission ambulance prototype for London Ambulance Service.

Designed by ULEMCo, the ambulance can reach speeds of 90mph and travel an average of 200 miles a day with zero emissions.

Another successful bidder was tech start-up Urban Foresight, which was given £3m to develop pop-up chargers that rise up out of the pavement to provide a discreet, safe and low-cost EV charging solution to those without off-street parking.

Simon Edmonds, deputy executive chair and chief business officer, Innovate UK said: "Innovations to increase the uptake of zero-emission vehicles will make our air cleaner while supporting innovative UK businesses.

"Innovate UK has played a crucial role in helping businesses bring their innovations towards reality and we urge those innovators with bright ideas to apply for this vital funding."

Innovtate UK will be holding a briefing event this Friday (March 12) for business of all sizes (micro, SME and large), academics, RTO and local authorities.

 

 

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