Up to £22 million is being offered for industry-led research and innovation projects that could help boost the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.
The competition is seeking “low cost, highly integrated” systems that support zero-emission journeys for cars, buses, motorbikes and large trucks.
There are three opportunities to apply, depending on the stage and size of the project.
Up to £16 million will fund collaborative research and development projects, which should have a total value of less than £4 million each.
They should focus on one of the following – to advance power electronics, machines and drives for automotive applications, improve energy storage and management, development lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures and create zero emission technologies that are highly disruptive.
In addition, up to £4 million is on offer for a single, “large, high-value” research and development project.
They should look at one or more of the following to – disrupt conventional powertrain technology, support the transition of UK internal combustion engine manufacturing capability into e-powertrain production, develop e-powertrain solutions that aren’t related to any conventional engine and integrate zero emission technologies with a conventional engine for demonstration purposes at minor costs.
Finally, up to £2 million is being offered for feasibility studies. Technologies could include electric powertrains, hydrogen innovations and e-powertrains solutions that do not include costs related to any conventional engine research and development work.
The deadline for all three competitions, being delivered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, is 6th December 2018.
New and innovative technologies will be part of the discussions at Energy Live Expo on 31st October, with Energy Minister Claire Perry headlining the event. To book your place, you can send an e-mail to [email protected].