Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator

As part of the Go Ultra Low North East campaign, a new Electric Vehicle Innovation Accelerator programme has launched to identify and develop ways to overcome barriers that are preventing the adoption of electric vehicles such as range anxiety, charging infrastructure and investment.

We’re working with the North East Joint Transport Committee and ENGIE to find 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 learn more by attending an introductory workshop on Monday 25th March.

Applications for the accelerator will open following the event Successful companies 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 your idea to market.

Launch Workshop

The first wave of challenges will be launched on Monday 25th March at the Urban Sciences Building on Newcastle Helix. The event will consider how we can reduce the costs and complexity of installing charging infrastructure.

The workshop will also provide insight into the national ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, the Electric Vehicle industry including the current landscape and existing charging infrastructure.

You will also discover more about the new rapid charging hubs and filling stations opening soon in Newcastle and Sunderland.

The workshop will also provide insight into the national ‘Road to Zero’ strategy and the Electric Vehicle industry including the current landscape and existing charging infrastructure.

You will also discover more about the new rapid charging hubs and filling stations opening soon in Newcastle and Sunderland.

ENGIE UK & Ireland Innovation Showcase Event

The second wave of the programme 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 use telematics to better manage electric vehicle infrastructure. Companies will also learn more about the accelerator, including grants of up to £20,000, have the opportunity to bring their own challenges to the table and hear from industry experts

By October 2019 we would like to have 16 new solutions ready for commercialisation or significant further investment.

What will I get from this?

Applicants will be shortlisted based on commercial potential and relevance to increasing electric vehicle adoption. 

These 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 will open on the 25th March. The collaboration are particularly keen to speak to businesses in the electrical, construction, manufacturing, architecture sectors and related fields.

The deadline is Thursday 18th April, 2019. 

How do I get involved?

Register to attend the launch event on the 25th March 2019 to learn more about the first wave, and apply to take part in the accelerator by 18th April 2019. 

    

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