Five new innovative projects to develop new low carbon and energy efficient technology in the automotive sector have been awarded £75 million of joint government and industry funding to help boost jobs and growth in the sector.
The funding has been awarded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a 10-year, £1 billion joint partnership between government and the automotive industry.
The five winning projects are expected to design new products and systems that will change technology used in the automotive sector from vans to high-end sports cars. They are:
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “These new projects will cement the UK’s position as a leading global centre for low carbon innovation and manufacturing.
“Our fast-growing and diverse automotive industry has been especially successful at exporting high-value, high-technology vehicles all over the world, and our focus on next-generation innovation will ensure we can continue this progress and create even more high-skilled jobs.”
The five projects are expected to create and protect 851 jobs and save over 4.2 million tonnes of CO2. They build on the 10 low carbon projects already awarded funding by the APC which are forecast to create 4,500 jobs and save 12 million tonnes of CO2.
APC Director for Technology and Projects, Jon Beasley, said: “The announcement of the fourth round competition winners demonstrates the government’s on-going commitment to supporting the UK’s low carbon advanced propulsion system innovation ecosystem. Co-investment in technological developments to be delivered by industry-led consortia, range from high risk incremental growth programmes to innovative cutting edge R&D, showing the UK is committed to establishing itself as a global centre for the promotion and development of low carbon propulsion systems.
The government has committed to spending more than £600 million to support the uptake and manufacturing of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK. This will ensure all cars and vans on our roads will be effectively zero-emission by 2050.