Automotive technology

– £ 91million funding for green automotive technology

August 18, 2021

EV batteries with a range similar to internal combustion engines and which can charge in as little as 12 minutes are among the projects receiving significant funding to develop the latest green automotive technology.

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Four projects received funding under the Advanced Propulsion Center (APC) collaborative research and development competition, which supports the development of innovative low-carbon automotive technologies. Together, they could save nearly 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent of the lifetime emissions of 1.3 million cars, and secure more than 2,700 jobs across the country.

These innovations will address the concerns of motorists regarding the adoption of electric vehicles by reducing charging times and increasing range. They will help make electric vehicles more affordable, efficient and practical.

The projects funded today are:

• BMW-UK-BEV, Oxford – £ 26.2million to develop an electric battery that will rival the range of internal combustion engines, helping to raise concerns about how far electric vehicles can travel to get themselves. to rest
• CELERITAS Project, Birmingham – £ 9.7million to create ultra-fast charging batteries for hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles that can recharge in as little as 12 minutes
• the BRUNEL project, Darlington – £ 14.6 million to develop a new zero-emission hydrogen engine to help decarbonize heavy trucks
• REEcorner, Nuneaton – £ 41.2million to radically redesign light and medium utility electric vehicles in Nuneaton by moving the steering, braking, suspension and powertrain in the wheel arch, which helps increase autonomy capacity, storage space and design flexibility

Investment Minister Lord Grimstone said: “By investing tens of millions in the technology needed to decarbonize our roads, not only are we working hard to end our contribution to climate change, but we are also ensuring our automotive sector a competitive future that will protect thousands of people. highly skilled jobs.

“Seizing the opportunities that arise from the global green automotive revolution is at the heart of our plans to rebuild greener, and these winning projects will help ensure the widespread application and adoption of cutting-edge automotive technology and own a reality. “

The government has already announced the end of the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in the UK by 2030, putting the UK on track to become the fastest major economy to decarbonise cars and vehicles. vans, and is currently consulting on the phase-out of the sale of new heavy-duty diesel and gasoline trucks (HGVs) by 2040, as provided for in the government’s Transportation Decarbonization Plan. The projects financed will make it possible to carry out the technological developments necessary to achieve these objectives.

The CEO of the Advanced Propulsion Center, Ian Constance, said: “These projects tackle some really big challenges on the road to net zero road transport. They address anxiety and the cost of range, which can be a barrier for people switching to electric vehicles, and they also offer potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonizing public transport and the movement of goods.

“By investing in this innovation, we are bringing these technologies closer to the point where they are commercially viable, which will strengthen the UK automotive supply chain, preserve or create jobs and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.” “