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UK APC backs low-carbon innovations

MP Nick Hurd visits the APC National Propulsion Showcase in February 2017. Source: APC

New funding round tackles new projects in energy storage, materials and powertrains

The UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has awarded £62 million (US$77 million) in funding to a range of low-carbon automotive projects.

The seven collaborative R&D projects, backed by the sixth round of APC funding since 2013, include major players such as BMW Motorsport, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, as well as Williams Advanced Engineering, New Holland Agriculture, Penso Consulting, and Westfield Sportscars. The work will support the APC’s aim of developing “innovative low carbon technology in the UK.”

BMW Motorsport will collaborate with Delta Motorsport and WMG at University of Warwick to design, develop and produce “power-dense batteries” in the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover, meanwhile will lead a consortium of UK-based “advanced manufacturers, technology companies and universities” to develop new lightweight vehicle technology – presumably with a particular emphasis on using lighter and/or less material in the design and manufacture.

Penso Consulting will lead a similarly themed project to anchor complex composite structure manufacturing capability in the UK.

Williams Advanced Engineering – another veteran of F1 racing – and its partners will also develop “bespoke, high-performance, cost-competitive batteries” for high performance low to medium volume applications. According to the APC, the project will also look at design for manufacture, recycling and reuse of batteries.

Ford Motor Company and its partners will work on a project to develop combined system optimisation which will then be available for wider dissemination within the industry.

Westfield Sportscars will lead a consortium with the aim of delivering an “affordable, compact, hybrid powertrain for niche vehicle applications.” According to the company, it will be engineered and produced in the UK and then exported through the company’s global retail network.

Ian Constance, Chief Executive of the APC, said: “The sixth round of APC funding demonstrates the depth of low carbon development that is in the UK. From powertrain, to lightweighting, to energy storage, these new projects will not only lower emissions but secure thousands of jobs, address supply chain gaps, and help the UK become a true global leader in advanced vehicle technology.”

Source: Advanced Propulsion Centre


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