Seven green vehicle projects get £110m funding

A total of 38 driverless and low carbon vehicle projects have today received a share of £109.7 million. Seven of these projects received £62 million as part of the latest funding […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A total of 38 driverless and low carbon vehicle projects have today received a share of £109.7 million.

Seven of these projects received £62 million as part of the latest funding round from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-government programme for the sector.

Led by BMW, CNH Industrial, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Penso Consulting, Westfield Sportscars and Williams Advanced Engineering, the schemes include development of high performance batteries, gas fuelling systems and weight reduction technologies.

A further seven projects have won £16.7 million from the government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to advance the development of ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technologies in the UK.

The connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV2) initiative provided an additional 24 projects with support of up to £31 million.

The government has also announced people buying an electric vehicle will continue to benefit from up to £4,500 off the cost of an ultra-low emission car and get up to £2,500 off a hybrid, as well as receiving £500 towards having a charging station installed at their home.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Low carbon and driverless cars are the future and as a government we are determined through the Industrial Strategy to build on our strengths and put the UK at the forefront of this revolution.

“Investment in this technology is an integral part of this government’s efforts, to ensure the UK auto sector remains competitive and world-leading.”

March saw a 31% surge in registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles.