UK Government Launches £25M LCV Grant

The UK government has announced it is investing £25M in development of low-carbon vehicle technologies.

At an event hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Business Secretary Greg Clark promised a £25M grant for the tech, to be awarded through the country’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), based at the University of Warwick. An APC statement claimed the funding would “help build the future of two major UK automotive facilities, creating and safeguarding … 1,750 UK-jobs in the automotive industry”.

It added the funding would be allocated to projects being developed by Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Arcola Energy that aim to advance “low-carbon propulsion technologies and their supply chains”. Specifically, these projects aim to develop the country’s electric drivetrain manufacturing capabilities alongside its internal combustion engine skills base, a system for virtualizing the vehicle electrification process, and fuel-cell electric powertrains for commercial vehicles.

JLR is assuming responsibility for the electric drivetrain manufacturing project, Ford is handling the virtualization project, and Arcola is overseeing the commercial vehicle powertrains. JLR and Ford will both receive assistance from consortia of academics and industry figures on their respective projects. Clark claimed the investment would “ensure the UK is a leading destination for the innovation and manufacture of EV technologies and components”.

The APC boasted it would “save a potential 2.5 million tonnes of CO2”. However, it admitted the three projects’ combined value was £54M, and did not discuss where the other £29M to fund them would come from.   


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