Tech projects secure £20m to drive EV innovation

Projects including a scheme designed to improve the experience of driving a second-hand EV and another to support charging in rural areas have secured a share of £20m government funding

The Big Zero report

Nearly 62 projects designed to solve some of the biggest challenges electric vehicle (EV) drivers currently face have been awarded a share of £20 million government funding.

Among the projects that will benefit from the scheme is a plug-in device that offers drivers data on battery health to improve the experience of driving a second-hand EV.

A kinetic battery that will support charging in rural areas, a zero-emissions ambulance with hydrogen technology and a solar-powered refrigeration system for small commercial vehicles are also amongst the winning projects.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Ahead of major climate summit COP26 this year, investment in exciting projects such as these is key to making the switch to EVs more attractive for drivers than ever before.

“Not only will they propel us further towards our net zero ambitions, they will also help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation and creating jobs as we build back better.”

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