A new £24-million (US$31.5-million) funding competition has been launched by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) with support from Innovate UK to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. The competition’s aim is to trial or develop low-emission vehicles in the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries.
The competition opened on 11 July and consists of two streams:
Stream 1 which funds projects to trial vehicles and on-vehicle technology in the real world, supporting small trial fleets of low emission vehicles and their refueling/charging infrastructure. These projects are expected to range in value from £500,000 to £5 million (US$657,000 to US$6.6 million) and last between 18 months and 2 years, with vehicle trials of at least one year.
Stream 2 will fund projects to develop or trial innovative and disruptive on-vehicle technology, systems or business models that reduce emissions in the real world. The projects in stream 2 are expected to last no more than a year and range in size of project costs from £250,000 (US$328 million) to £5 million.
Both streams of the competition must be collaborative and a business must lead the project.
The deadline for registering for either stream is noon on 12 October 2016.