F1 technology in buses to help cut fuel usage

Four British engineering firms that will use technology initially designed for Formula One cars in buses and diggers to improve fuel efficiency have been granted funding totalling more than £28 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Four British engineering firms that will use technology initially designed for Formula One cars in buses and diggers to improve fuel efficiency have been granted funding totalling more than £28 million.

Ford, GKN Land Systems, Cummins and JCB and its partner Flybrid will share the cash – which will support investment of £133 million – for projects that will reduce fuel usage and lower carbon emissions, according to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

The projects are among the first to receive the cash from a joint £1 billion government-industry Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which aims to make the UK a world leader in environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies and I want them to be developed here in Britain.

“The government’s industrial strategy is giving business the confidence to invest, securing high-skilled, long-term jobs and creating a stronger economy.”

Companies will soon be able to bid for a further £75 million from the APC with the launch of its second competition. The APC will now run bi-annual competitions which will open in April and October every year.