UK Govt to hand-out £35m to kick-start low-carbon British BPV (battery powered vehicle) sector

The British government is stumping up a total of £35 million in prizes to help kick-start energy companies into to designing –  and consequently embedding –  low-carbon technologies in the BPV (battery power vehicle) supply chain.

The competition’s aim is to take demonstrated on-vehicle technologies towards commercialisation in either on- or off-road vehicles. Grant funded projects must:

  • Develop technologies that will lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 or other emissions
  • Align with Automotive Council Technology Group Roadmaps
  • Develop the UK’s supply chain capability in low carbon vehicle propulsion or light weight systems technology

Low-carbon project bids are expected to range in size from total costs of £5 million to £40 million and should last between 18 and 42 months. Projects must be collaborative, and must include at least one vehicle manufacturer and/or a tier-onw supplier as part of your consortium, and at least small to medium enterprise (SME) partner.

Bidders must register by 29 March 2017 proposals to the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre was formed in 2013 from a commitment between the government and automotive industry to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon vehicle development and production. It is a central pillar of the Industrial Strategy created by the Automotive Council, supporting acceleration of the development of low carbon advanced propulsion systems and vehicle weight reduction.

Successful bid for alternative propulsion systems are expected to lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality under operational conditions. Both CO2 and air quality improvements should be made with reference to comparable, best-in-class vehicles.

Applicants must show how the project will strengthen UK capability and develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles. The competition’s aim is to develop on-vehicle technologies – for either on-road or off-road vehicles. Technologies that primarily reside off the vehicle, such as charging infrastructure, are out of scope. Consortia must have a clear, demonstrable route to production and line of sight to market, within a short timeframe of project end.

For more information:

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Tel +44 (0)247 652 8700

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