2 May 2018

Businesses are invited to apply for funding to help develop vehicle technologies that significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve air quality.

Innovate UK is offering £30 million through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to support the long-term development of low and zero emission vehicles in the UK.

The funding is part of a 10-year, £1 billion joint government and industry investment to accelerate development of low carbon propulsion technologies and to help the UK take advantage of the opportunities that this field offers.

The APC is a government-industry body that aims to make the UK a global centre of excellence for low carbon vehicle development and production.

It is seeking projects that develop low and zero emission on-vehicle technologies for on or off-road vehicles in the following areas: alternative propulsion systems; electric machines and power electronics; energy storage and energy management; lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures; and thermal propulsion systems.

Projects must have a proven technology concept, Innovate UK explains, and demonstrate that there is a clear route to market.

With the APC offering some £30 million three times a year, it is anticipated that project costs will be in the range of £5 million to £40 million and last between 18 and 42 months. Innovate says that businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs.

Applications are invited from business-led partnerships which must include a small and medium-sized (SME) firm and either a vehicle manufacturer or a Tier 1 supplier.

Further details can be found at https://bit.ly/2JirKeo. The competition opens on 30 April, with the deadline for applications being 27 June.