£25m innovation competition launched for zero-emission vehicles

Organisations and businesses can apply for a share of £25m to support the UK’s long-term growth in zero-emission vehicles.

The fund is available through an Innovate UK and Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) competition, and projects must either speed up the development of low- and zero-emission vehicles or demonstrate a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.

This can involve improving production and competitiveness in design, build and manufacturing across technologies such as, alternative propulsion systems, electric machines and power electronics, energy storage and management, lightweight vehicles and powertrain structures or thermal propulsion systems.

Projects must also make a positive impact on the UK supply chain, which could include ideas that create new supply chains, delivers a ‘UK-centric’ manufacturing base; lowers the cost to consumers and attracts new companies not traditionally serving the automotive sector.

Organisations must be based in the UK and work with at least 1 micro-, small- or medium-sized business

Total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5m-40m.

The competition opens on May 13, 2019, and the deadline for registration is at midday on July 10, 2019. More details can be found here.