University invests £1.5m on zero emissions vehicles research 22 May 2014

Loughborough University is investing £1.5m over five years in research appointments, inspired by the global challenge to develop advanced propulsion technologies needed for the move to zero emission vehicles.

According to Loughborough university vice chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, four appointments will be made, including a chair in Advanced Propulsion Systems, supported by several PhD studentships focused on electric and hybrid drives.

The investment is part of the university's commitment to the Automotive Council's recently announced APC (Advanced Propulsion Centre) to support the development of new supply chains for low carbon vehicles.

The University is a partner in MIRA Technology Park's bid to host the APC Executive Hub, and is now leading a proposal to create a satellite of the APC hub at its new Olympic Park campus in London.

The University is also part of the Advanced Combustion Turbocharged Integrated Variable-valvetrain Engine (ACTIVE) project – the £26m APC collaboration, led by Ford, to advance Ford's award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

Loughborough is providing expertise in engine thermodynamic design and optical measurement techniques to work with Ford, Continental and Unipart on improving combustion processes.

Brian Tinham

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