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Formula E plugs in to the UK automotive industry

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The opportunity for Formula E to have a dramatic impact in addressing air quality and CO2 emissions in towns and cities was discussed today at a special event in London organised by UKTI, the UK’s trade and investment export team. The forum brought together a range of leaders from across the automotive industry and included a speech from RT Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He encouraged Formula E to transfer world-leading technology from the racetrack to the road and used the example of APC grant funding competition winners GKN as a flagship for UK innovation delivering the win-win of reduced emissions and commercial opportunities. The GKN Hybrid Power system project is used to regenerate braking energy on city buses with a high speed flywheel originally developed for Le Mans Prototypes using KERS technology.

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RT Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment

The panel discussion addressed the question ‘Can Formula E Help Clean Our Cities’ including speakers:

To see the event unfold, watch the video below.

The discussion was timely, as the APC’s latest grant funding competition draws to a close. Project consortia who have registered for the APC4 competition are now completing their applications for the current grant funding round. The competition has up to £60 million currently available to support low carbon advanced propulsion projects worth more than £120 million.

The competition opened on the 5th May is called ‘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.

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.