Businesses offered £20m to drive low carbon vehicle tech

Projects must be led by a UK business and help deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions

Big Zero Report 2022

Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £20 million for advanced low carbon technologies for on and off-road vehicles.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK competition is seeking projects that are UK-developed and at the late stage research and development.

Projects must either accelerate the development of low and zero tailpipe emission capable technologies or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon emissions leading to air quality improvements.

They must be directly focused on or relate to one or more of the following strategic technology themes:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems that deliver substantial improvements

Projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on the UK economy will be given priority, which can include those that will make a major investment in creating new supply chains supporting the transition to electrification, delivering a UK-centric high value manufacturing and sourcing footprint or lowering the overall cost of goods sold to consumers.

They must be led by a UK business, based in the country and involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Projects must also include a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier and total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5 million and £40 million.

The deadline for applications is 16th October 2019.

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