Low carbon automotive technologies

Background:

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is to invest up to £35 million in a number of collaborative research and development (R&D) pre-production match-funded projects for low carbon automotive technologies.

Projects must demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the Automotive Council’ssticky’ technologies. There is more detail in the scope and on page 6 of the guidance for applicants.

These projects are required to:

  • deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality
  • strengthen UK capability and develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles

Total eligible project costs should range from £5 million to £40 million. They should range between 18 and 42 months.

Projects must be collaborative and business-led, with a clear demonstrable route to market.

Scope:

The aim of this competition is to address the challenge of:

  • producing lower-carbon transportation
  • improving air quality
  • developing a UK supply chain for the next generation of lightweight vehicles and propulsion systems

IUK are looking to match fund projects that demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the Automotive Council’s ‘sticky’ technologies. These are:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems

Projects are required to:

  • lead to significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality
  • strengthen UK capability and develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles
  • increase knowledge in people and grow expertise in the UK
  • advance technology and manufacturing maturity for technologies that have already been proven in a laboratory or vehicle environment
  • deliver additional impact beyond what would be achieved through the business as usual approach

Projects need to be collaborative and business-led, with a clear route to market within a short time frame of finish of the project. They must also involve at least one vehicle manufacturer and/or tier 1 supplier and at least one SME.

Specific competition themes:

Specific competition themes are to:

  • deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions and improvements in air quality
  • strengthen UK capability and develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicles
  • develop on-vehicle technologies and vehicle infrastructure interfaces, for either on-road or off-road vehicles
  • develop and accelerate the progression of automotive technology and manufacturing readiness

IUK expect the majority of the technologies included in the application to have been proven/demonstrated in a vehicle representative environment.

Projects that accelerate disruptive technologies towards market entry are particularly encouraged.

Key Dates:

Competition opens – 10 July 2017

Registration closes – 20 September 2017 12:00pm 

Competition closes – 27 September 2017 12:00pm 

If you are interested in this competition?

Please email the Innovation SuperNetwork team at angela@supernetwork.org.uk or complete the form below so we can help you and guide you through the application process.

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