A £9.7 million grant has been awarded to produce a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).
A consortium of UK academics and technology providers led by car manufacturer Nissan will work on the £19 million future generation battery project at the firm’s site in Sunderland.
The money from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC) will also help safeguard more than 300 jobs at Nissan’s advanced lithium-ion battery plant.
The car company invested more than £26.4 million in the site.
In January, the APC awarded £75 million in low carbon and energy efficient technologies in the automotive industry.
Ruth Dixon, Programme Manager for projects and competitions at the APC said: “All the project submissions are judged on their ability to deliver sustainable environmental and economic benefits.”
Last month, ELN spoke to car manufacturers and experts in the industry about the challenges the sector is facing.