Government announces 62 winners of ZEV £20m competition

Thu 17 June 2021 View all news

A wide range of innovative and promising electric vehicle technologies are being given a helping hand by government as winners of a £20m zero emission vehicle competition.

Winners include projects which could improve the experience of buying a second-hand electric vehicle, support charging in rural areas and increase vehicle range.

Among the winning projects are:

  • an onboard plug-in device that provides drivers with data on battery health to improve the experience of buying second-hand EVs
  • a kinetic battery that will provide a temporary power boost for charging the next generation of ultra-fast EVs at peak times in rural areas
  • a zero emission ambulance with a hydrogen range extender designed from the ground up
  • the development of a solar-powered refrigeration unit for small commercial vehicles

The funding has been awarded to 62 promising electric vehicle technology innovations and is aimed at supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles.  

The Department for Transport has also launched a project to find an iconic British design for public chargepoints, which, DfT says, could see our chargepoints become as recognisable as a red post box or a black cab. The resulting design is set to be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Ahead of major climate summit COP26 this year, investment in exciting projects such as these is key to making the switch to electric vehicles more attractive for drivers than ever before.

"Not only will they propel us further towards our net-zero ambitions, they will also help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation and creating jobs as we build back better."

For the full list of winning initiatives see this link.

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