A £1 million grant to develop ultra-efficient engines and fuels has been awarded to the University of Brighton.
It is leading a four-university research project to find ways to achieve a 20-33% reduction in fuel usage, using new fuels from sustainable sources.
The new engines would help vehicles produce “near-zero emissions”, researchers said.
Dr Robert Morgan from the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and the lead researcher said: “This moves us closer to developing ultra-efficient fuels and engines that will dramatically reduce carbon emissions and make vehicles go much further on less fuel than they do today.”
Researchers at Brighton University are working with Oxford University, Brunel University and University College London.
More than £3 million of the funding for the £4 million project has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).