Low-carbon engine technology receives £74m boost18 January 2016

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced £74 million of joint government-industry funding for low-carbon engine projects, which could result in a reduction of more than four million tonnes of carbon emissions.

The London Taxi Company, Morgan Motor Company, AMG Batteries, Jaguar Land Rover and Parker Hannifin alongside other consortia partners, have been awarded £31m of government cash as part of a £74m match-funding programme.

  • A £2.9M project was approved for the Parker Hannifin-led consortium. The project will improve the efficiency of electric forklift vehicles reducing carbon output and improving fuel consumption.
  • An AGM Batteries-led consortium will work on a £5.4m project to develop the next generation of battery packs for high-performance low carbon vehicles.
  • A consortium led by Morgan Motor Company will develop new, greener propulsion systems for its future vehicle range as part of a £6m programme. The new powertrain will reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel consumption.
  • A London Taxi Company-led consortium is working on a £46.5m project to fund R&D for zero-emissions hybrid propulsion technology in Coventry. The project will enable LTC and partners to significantly increase UK content in vehicle powertrains.
  • A £13.1m consortium project led by Jaguar Land Rover that researches advanced combustion and leading edge boosting systems supporting the automotive turbocharger supply chain in the UK.

As part of their submission, each consortium has to provide a forecast for the creation or safeguarding of UK jobs, targeted CO2 reduction and the value for money of their project. Taken togther, these five projects forecast that 851 jobs will be created or safeguarded and that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 4.3 million tonnes.

Jon Beasley, APC director for technology and projects, says: “The announcement of the fourth round competition winners demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the UK’s low carbon Advanced Propulsion System innovation ecosystem.

“Co-investment in technological developments to be delivered by industry-led consortia range from high risk incremental growth programmes to innovative cutting-edge R&D, showing the UK is committed to establishing itself as a global centre for the promotion and development of low carbon propulsion systems.”

Last month, the government announced a further £35m for the next round of this funding.

Laura Cork

Related Companies
Jaguar Land Rover
Morgan Motor Co
Parker Hannifin Ltd

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