UK government announces automotive funding
The automotive industry is set to benefit from a £73.5mln government investment to develop green technologies. Ten projects across the UK will receive a share of this investment to develop technology for the next generation of electric taxis, cars and vans – including recyclable batteries, advanced electrical systems and ultra-lightweight components.
Companies set to benefit include Ford Technologies, BMW Motorsport, Jaguar Land Rover and the London Electric Vehicle Company. The successful projects were chosen by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), which seeks to maintain the UK’s position as a centre of excellence for the research and development of low carbon vehicle technology.
The successful projects are –
- LEVC – Electric Vehicle Evolution, Coventry, UK – the London Electric Vehicle Company will develop a new EV technology specifically for its vehicles to deliver increased efficiency and higher performance capabilities
- Constellium Ltd – ALIVE, Slough, UK – this project will develop the manufacturing processes for light weight, crash-resistant battery enclosures. These will be used in ultra-low emission vehicles
- Cummins Turbo Technologies Ltd – TRIDENT, Huddersfield, UK – the work will look to develop and manufacture an energy recovery platform to deliver fuel consumption improvements
- Ford Technologies Ltd – eSHADOW, Basildon, UK – this project will determine the technical, financial and environmental challenges of using advanced, lightweight materials in vehicle manufacturing
- Jaguar Land Rover – Hi-VIBES, Coventry, UK – a consortium of academics and industry will create a new electronic system that will be easier to build, lighter and cheaper
- Avid Technology Limited – REVO, Cramlington, will help deliver improvements in electric and hybrid vehicle efficiency
- TEVVA – SANGREAL, Chelmsford, UK – this project will bench-test a new design of axle for 7.5 to 14-tonne commercial vehicles. It will improve safety through better impact robustness
- Magnetic Systems Technology Ltd – Magtec, Sheffield, UK – looking at manufacturing process and assembly methods for traction motors
- BMW (Motorsport) Ltd – FutureBEV, Warwick and Newport, UK – this project aims to deliver better powertrains that are more cost-efficient
- Jaguar Land Rover – ZEUS, Coventry, UK – developing a prototype hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with partners.