The Roadmaps for the Industry – Can You Secure APC Funding?
The Automotive Council published 11 roadmaps in 2013 to illustrate the advances that the industry believes will be made in automotive technology over the coming decades. Since then the Advanced Propulsion Centre has used these roadmaps as a guide when planning grant funding for new technology through open competitions. Projects that can deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 can apply for up to 50% funding from the APC to help turn their prototype into a finished product.
The roadmaps act as ‘blueprints’ for research and investment by academia and industry to understand the consensus views of key stakeholders for the future. There are 11 technology roadmaps:
- Passenger car low carbon technology
- Commercial and off-road technology
- Bus technology
- Lightweight vehicle and powertrain technology
- Powertrain (internal combustion engine) technology
- Power electronics technology
- Traction motors & generators technology (<40kW)
- Traction motors & generators technology (>100kW)
- Energy storage Echem technology
- Intelligent mobility technology
- Motorsport technology
Each of the roadmaps shows the progression identified for each technology by working groups of key industry stakeholders who achieved consensus on the length of time it may take, and the final technology which will deliver reductions in CO2 and other emissions.
The APC have just announced their latest grant funding competition ‘APC4 Driving UK Capability and Economic Impact through Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies’ for projects which are collaborative and business-led and include a vehicle manufacturer or a tier 1 supplier and an SME partner. They must also develop the UK’s supply chain in the field of low carbon vehicle propulsion technology. The competition will fund the development of on-vehicle technologies for either on-road or off-highway vehicles.
Up to £60 million is currently available in collaborative funding for low carbon advanced propulsion projects worth more than £120 million through the current funding competition which opened on 5 May and runs until the end of June. It is strongly advised that any consortiums who are interested in applying for APC grant funding watch the Automotive Council videos explaining the roadmaps here.
Consortia must have a clear, demonstrable route to production, and line of sight to market, involving at least one vehicle manufacturer and/or a tier 1 supplier and at least one SME partner.
To find out more about APC’s latest funding competition, click here.