Likes of Jaguar, Nissan, HiETA Technologies and Clean Air Power Ltd secure share of funding to develop ‘innovative’ technologies
More than 130 car manufacturers, technology firms and research centres have been awarded a share of £38 million funding towards “innovativeâ€? low emission vehicle research projects, the government announced yesterday (March 21).
Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, HiETA Technologies and Clean Air Power Ltd are among winners of funding which the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) said will “create hi-tech jobs and help Britain become a global leader in exporting state of the art, emission-cutting technologyâ€?.
The winning projects were chosen following the launch of the competition in September 2015 encouraging companies to propose innovative ideas to cut vehicle emissions. This funding combines £30 million from OLEV alongside £8.2 million from government agency Innovate UK.
Winning firms and consortia will begin unveiling working prototypes by 2018 with technology potentially featuring in passenger cars from 2020, according to OLEV.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said the investment would “help Britain become a world leader in this exciting and valuable technology sector, creating skilled jobs of the future as part of our long-term economic planâ€?.
He added: “It will also mean lower running costs for motorists and less fuel consumption, which is good for the environment and our economy.â€?
“UK businesses have a great opportunity to be at the leading edge of the global drive to increase efficiency and reduce emissions from our vehicles” – Roland Meister, Innovate UK
Roland Meister, head of transport at Innovate UK said: “UK businesses have a great opportunity to be at the leading edge of the global drive to increase efficiency and reduce emissions from our vehicles.â€?
The consortium including car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan has received £1.7 million for developing ‘light weighting’ technology, which will reportedly apply the science behind F1 cars and space satellites to make passenger cars both weigh less and be more fuel efficient.
The results of this work could reduce the weight of steel components in vehicles such as the electric Nissan Leaf by more than half, potentially extending the distance a plug-in car can drive by up to 25%, the consortium said.
International manufacturers currently pay a premium for light-weight materials – such as carbon fibre found in F1 cars – and this investment will support the mass production of an emerging technology that can boost British-made exports across the globe, OLEV said.
Work for this project will be based in the West Midlands, where a total of £7.7 million was awarded to 36 organisations.