Six consortia bag £24m for low carbon vehicle projects

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today announced that £24m will go to six innovative projects that aim to support UK’s ultra low carbon vehicles industry. Six consortia, led by auto industry […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond today announced that £24m will go to six innovative projects that aim to support UK’s ultra low carbon vehicles industry.

Six consortia, led by auto industry giants such as Ford and Jaguar Landrover, will run innovation projects in partnership with academia with a focus on developing the supply chain.

The consortia secured funding through a competition delivered by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board in partnership with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the cross-governmental Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Speaking today at auto industry event Low Carbon Vehicles 2010 in Bedfordshire, Mr Philip Hammond said: “I congratulate the six winners for their fresh and innovative solutions to the low carbon challenge. These projects represent cutting edge technology which has the potential to transform the way we travel in a way that will stimulate a vital and growing market.

“In short, this is investment that will deliver measurable economic benefits, as well as tangible environmental ones.”

The six successful projects and their consortium members are: Hybrid Integrated Urban Commercial Vehicle (Dennis Eagl, MIRA, Magnomatics, MTL Group); VIPER – Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery (Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, IAV (UK), CPT, BP, University of Nottingham, Imperial College London); Evolution of REEV Technologies – Building a UK Supply Base (Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Cars, Nissan, EVO Electric, Xtrac, Think Global, Axeon); Lightweight Ultra Low Emissions Delivery Van (Intelligent Energy, Revolve, Caparo); CREO – CO2 Reduction through Emissions Optimisation (Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey, ITM Power (Trading), Revolve Technologies, Cambustion, University of Bradford, University of Liverpool, University of Birmingham); and Aluminium Matrix Composite Materials for Vehicle Weight Reduction (Jaguar Cars, Composite Metal Technology, Textile Centre of Excellence, Antich & Sons)