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The UK government is awarding £71.5 million (US$91 million) in combined government and industry investment for automotive R&D projects to support the development of electric vehicle technology.

  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe will utilize an electric vehicle program to build UK R&D capability while collaborating with UK partners on further enhancing EV 4R (refabricate, recycle, resell, and reuse) potential. £30.12 million total project cost, including a grant of £15.06 million.

  • YASA will develop a dual inverter for regenerative braking in BEVs, enabling new vehicle designs with EV specific, optimized electronics and safety systems. £14.02 million total project cost, including a grant of £7.02 million.

  • EMPEL Systems will develop a UK-designed and sourced innovative silicon carbide power module for use in high efficiency automotive inverters and DC-DC converters. £7.46 million total project cost, including a grant of £3.73 million.

  • JLR will develop a next generation EDU ‘toolkit’—a modular family of electric machines, inverters and transmissions for future vehicle platforms. £19.89 million total project cost, including a grant of £9.94 million.

Total project cost across these four initiatives is £71.5 million. This includes a £35.7 million government grant through the Department for Business and Trade, combined with industry match-funding.

In addition, a new successful applicant of the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC’s) Scale-up Readiness Validation (SuRV) competition, funded with a £1.08-million grant through the Government’s Automotive Transformation Fund, was revealed.

HiCAM, high-performance lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode active material, will aim to demonstrate if new battery technology can be scaled for commercialization.

Developed by Integrals Power, it involves high performance and low-cost LFP battery material, tested and evaluated by Cranfield University. The advanced material is capable of improved discharge rates and can retain up to 3 times more capacity in extreme temperatures.


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