The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) will award £25 million (US$32 million) to three low-carbon propulsion projects. The projects are jointly valued at £54 million (US$69 million), including the grant funding through the APC, and will save a potential 2.5 million tonnes of CO2.
The funding will enable three R&D projects run by Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company and Arcola Energy to drive forward the development of innovative low-carbon propulsion technologies and their supply chains.
Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) project brings together a consortium of academic and industry partners with the aim of developing strategies and capabilities to produce electric drive units alongside internal combustion engines at its manufacturing facilities. This project will help to support the future of UK-based engine manufacturing facilities and safeguard workforces as we make a transition to a more electrified future.
A project led by Ford Motor Company will work with a consortium to collaborate on the development of digital engineering tools to pioneer a new engineering process that enables the next-generation electrified commercial vehicle technologies to be developed and brought to market much faster.
The final project, led by Arcola Energy, aims to bring to market complete fuel cell electric powertrains, develop a best-in-class integrated motor drive unit, strengthen UK capability in supply of battery packs, and demonstrate game-changing hydrogen storage technology on a commercial vehicle.
Since the APC was established in 2013, it has invested in 44 UK-based projects collectively valued at £770 million (US$981 million), including £368 million (US$469 million) worth of grants. All projects have the aim of helping vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to develop innovative, low-carbon propulsion technologies.
In total, the projects will help to save 42.7 million tonnes of CO2.
The APC’s 12th round of funding will open in the New Year.