Automotive technology

Companies in the region are accelerating green automotive technology with electric motorcycles and off-road trucks

Electric motorcycles and a 4×4 off-road electric delivery truck designed by West Midlands companies for emerging markets are among the projects benefiting from more than £43million in government and industry funding to help to develop the latest green automotive technology.

Both projects have received funding through the Advanced Propulsion Center (APC) collaborative research and development competition, which supports the development of innovative low-carbon automotive technologies and will help propel the UK into the global race to securing supply chains for electric vehicles.

The projects are:

Norton Zero Emission Project, Solihull, West Midlands – £17.2m (£8.5m funding through APC) to develop an electric motorcycle that offers a high level of racing performance and of self-reliance, not only improving workforce capabilities and securing local jobs, but helping to strengthen the UK’s competitive supply chain.

OX Delivers CLEAN (Clean Logistics for Emerging African Nations), Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – £17.1m (£8.5m funding via APC) to develop an all-terrain electric delivery truck designed for emerging markets and made in the UK that can withstand harsh off-road conditions using long life batteries at lower cost.

The projects are expected to secure over 550 jobs and save 27.6 million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to removing emissions from 1.1 million cars on the road.

Investment Minister Lord Grimstone said: “This funding, provided through the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre, will help UK companies at the forefront of the automotive industry to test all latest technologies, from the development of electric motorcycles to off-road. trucks.

“Supporting these strategically important technologies paves the way for our electric vehicle sector to be globally competitive, generating jobs and growth nationwide while creating cleaner, more sustainable modes of transportation. .”

In addition, 19 early-stage proposals that could strengthen the UK electric vehicle supply chain have also received funding to research, prove or improve the case for scaling them up, with the potential to create new jobs across the country.

The feasibility studies will be supported by £9.4m of government-industry matched money through the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF). Areas to be investigated include the development of EV battery components and the viability of using critical minerals sourced from the UK.

Ian Constance, Managing Director of APC, said: “The projects receiving today’s investment highlight the breadth of technologies needed to help the UK accelerate net emissions. They are reinventing not only vehicles, but transport in general.