The scope of work for the Advanced Propulsion Centre has been developed through close partnership between industry and government in the Automotive Council. Both parties committed £500 million each over the course of the next decade which reflects the scale of the activity being undertaken by the APC and gives confidence to companies investing for long term, sustainable growth.
The APC provides funding to projects as part of its services to enable development of low carbon propulsion systems. Funding will be allocated to projects based on the outcome of bi-annual competitions which will require applications from consortia with a clear demonstrable route to production including at least one SME, one supplier and a vehicle manufacturer.
Supply chain focus
The APC is investing it’s £1bn funding in R&D projects to support the industrialisation of the low carbon supply chain. Funding will be considered for a full range of potential projects, including smaller early stage technology proof of concept R&D to more expensive commercialisation projects.
Resources matched to requirements
The funding available to a project will be split between industrial research with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), and experimental development with a business partner attracting 25% funding (35% for a medium-sized company and 45% for small enterprises). Projects are expected to last between 18 and 24 months.