EV projects to catch £40m of government cash

The UK Government is providing a range of innovative electric vehicle (EV) projects with around £40 million of funding. The money, being offered through Innovate UK, will be split across 27 […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK Government is providing a range of innovative electric vehicle (EV) projects with around £40 million of funding.

The money, being offered through Innovate UK, will be split across 27 projects involving 66 organisations.

Most of these aim to help make EV batteries longer-lasting, cleaner and more powerful, with the ultimate aim of overcoming the major lifespan and range issues faced by the clean cars.

One of the projects will be led by cleantech start-up Brill Power and hopes to boost the efficiency of how energy can be stored.

Christoph Birkl, the company’s CEO, said: “We have to improve batteries, we have to make sure we can get more energy into every battery, we have to make sure we can get them as efficient as possible, get every joule of energy out of those batteries to make them live as long as the cars live.”

Another, led by digital manufacturing firm HSSMI, aims to harness the “huge amount of value” potentially available from reusing old batteries.

Other projects’ goals include creating an economically sustainable battery recycling supply chain in the UK and developing battery modules for more niche vehicles such as supercars, buses and diggers.

The UK Government also plans to open an EV technology centre in Coventry.