Electric Vehicle Accelerator

Applications are now open for Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator

We’re working with ENGIE and the North East Joint Transport Committee to find innovative solutions in supporting the long-term shift away from petrol and diesel vehicles in the region. Local businesses from any sector, whether well-established or just starting up, are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Successful companies will benefit from intensive business support on both technical and commercial aspects of their innovative solution and receive expert input from the Innovation SuperNetwork, ENGIE, Zero Carbon Futures, Newcastle University, North East LEP and Northstar Ventures.

There will be four challenge opportunities within the programme and each challenge provides a chance to win a £20,000 grant to help bring your idea to market.

Launch Workshop

The first wave of challenges launched on Monday 25th March at the Urban Sciences Building on Newcastle Helix.

Following the event, we are now welcoming companies who have innovative solutions which help to reduce the costs and complexity of installing electric vehicle charging solutions as well as those who may have solutions that are not related to a particular challenge in the programme but still encourage the uptake of electric vehicles  

ENGIE UK & Ireland Innovation Showcase Event

The second wave of challenges will be launched on 19th June 2019 at the ENGIE UK & Ireland Innovation Showcase Event and will offer companies the chance to get involved with two new challenges, which will focus on how electrification can be made practical for temperature-controlled distribution and how we can utilise telematics to better manage electric vehicle infrastructure.

Companies will also hear from industry experts and learn more about the accelerator, including grants of £20,000.  By October 2019, we would like to have supported 16 SMEs and have 4 new solutions ready for commercialisation or significant further investment.

Download the Electric Vehicle Application form here.
The Deadline is 24th April, 5pm.

What will I get from this?

Shortlisted businesses will benefit from intensive business support on both technical and commercial aspects of their innovative solution.

There will also be the opportunity to win a £20,000 grant to help bring their idea to market. 

By October 2019, 16 new solutions will be ready for commercialisation or for significant further investment.

Who is it for?

Applications are now open. The collaboration are particularly keen to speak to businesses in the electrical, construction, manufacturing, architecture sectors and related fields. Companies will need to be based in the North East LEP area to apply.

The deadline is 24th April, 5pm

How do I get involved?

To get involved in the Electric Vehicle Challenge, you can find the application form here.