The UK government and Innovate UK—theTechnology Strategy Board are providing £15 million ($24 million) for the latest competition to encourage technologies for road-vehicles that will deliver significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has committed £11 million (US$18 million) while Innovate UK is providing £4 million (US$6 million). Innovate UK is seeking proposals that have at their core either one or more of the following Automotive Council strategic technologies:
- electric machines and power electronics;
- energy storage and energy management;
- lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures; and
- internal combustion engines and energy efficiency.
Proposals can also include other highly disruptive technologies, which will significantly accelerate the reduction of CO2 beyond that achieved through standard product development cycles.
The technology may have initially been developed on non-road platforms, or for other types of transport, but will be eligible for this competition provided it has a clear and demonstrable exploitation route for road-going vehicles.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. Innovate UK expects to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
Projects are expected to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £2 million (US$804,000 to $3 million).