Three government offices have come together to offer £24 million in a funding competition to reduce real-world emissions from vehicle tailpipe (exhaust) systems
Announced today (31 August), the funding offer comes from Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
The aim of this competition, said a government statement, is “to support industry-led research and development (R&D) projects. These should be for vehicle technology that reduces or removes real-world emissions at tailpipe.”
Projects will have to take an integrated systems approach to vehicle emissions reduction. The end result, says government, should be lower emissions at vehicle level in the real world. “In particular, we are looking for projects developing low-cost, highly integrated systems enabling zero emission journeys,” the competition documentation states.
Projects will have to focus on on-highway vehicles (L, M or N category vehicles) as their primary exploitation route. And, “secondary exploitation” through off-highway vehicles (non-road mobile machinery) is in scope.
Projects must produce a proof of concept by around 2020 and the government expects projects that have shown technical and commercial feasibility to then target programmes for vehicle sales in around 2025.
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following strategic technologies from the Automotive Council UK:
A government statement said: “We prefer projects that focus on more than one strategic technology. Proposals that focus on just one area must clearly explain how they achieve the systems approach.”
The priorities for this competition are:
Full details of the competition are available at: Funding Competition