£54 million awarded through APC17 for three innovative automotive projects in latest funding round

Mon 22 March 2021 View all news

More than £54 million in combined government and industry funding has been committed to three innovative projects for cars, buses, heavy goods vehicles and vans across the UK, coordinated by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

The three projects in Cwmbran, Warwickshire and Ballymena will receive more than £54 million of funding from the UK Government and industry and are forecast to secure nearly 10,000 jobs across the UK. 

Th projects being funded are:

  • £31.9 million to develop electric propulsion systems for heavy goods vehicles in Cwmbran, Wales. This technology could be applied in a range of ways, such as giving lorries greater travel range and better energy efficiency for coaches and construction vehicles
  • £11.3 million to develop and manufacture energy-saving technology from motorsport for use in cars and vans from a centre in Warwickshire
  • £11.2 million to develop and manufacture low-cost hydrogen fuel cell technology for buses and create a hydrogen centre of excellence with Wrightbus in Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Meanwhile, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) has announced that UK companies across multiple sectors are to benefit from a £28.5 million investment into cutting edge equipment to help them achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Investment from 'the driving the electric revolution challenge'  will provide a financial boost to nine facilities located across the UK.

The investment in new equipment, which will be operational later this year, builds on existing capability and fills gaps in the UK’s current capability. The investment will enable a competitive electrification supply chain to be built across sectors including industry, transport and energy. 

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