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Current Projects

To accelerate the development of technologies in the UK, the APC supports and provides funding for a range of projects. These projects are working to develop an array of different technologies, but each have the common goal to reduce CO2 emissions and create jobs in the UK.

Each project was selected following an open competition to provide collaborative R&D funding from industry and government. Funding is allocated regularly throughout the year as part of the funding competitions process.

Below are some examples of the innovative projects that the APC are currently supporting.

Ascent

Project Value: £25.73 million (£13.2M grant)

The project is targeting technologies that have the potential to deliver significant CO2 reduction, and increased power density and create the potential for additional large engines manufactured in the UK, with related jobs and supply chain benefits.

The project will also facilitate significant advancement in virtual engineering tools and processes, that will be leveraged throughout this and future engine technology development programmes.

Consortium Members

Perkins Engine Company Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc)
Loughborough University
Imperial College London
CMCL Innovations

 

ALIVE 6

Project Value: £20.4 million (£10.3M grant)

Over the duration of this project, Jaguar Land Rover and its partners developed six new advanced Internal Combustion Engine technologies to help drive further improvements in fuel economy and CO2 emissions and provide better performance for future vehicles.

These technologies include low-friction cylinder bore coatings, thermal engine encapsulation and developments to noise, vibration and harshness technologies.

Consortium Members

Jaguar Land Rover
Robert Bosch
Nifco UK
Grainger & Worrall
Unipart Powertrain Applications
Automotive Insulation
FEV UK

 

Breathe

Project Value: £23.11 million (£11.15M grant)

This research project will develop a suite of advanced low-carbon internal combustion engine technologies to enable the next generation of petrol engines to achieve a step-change reduction in emissions by over 16%.

The programme will help strengthen the UK’s supply base for these type of low-carbon propulsion technologies, which include electric supercharging and mild hybrid systems.

Consortium Members

Jaguar Land Rover
Schaeffler (UK) LImited
Integral Powertrain Technology Limited
Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies UK Ltd
BorgWarner Limited
JD Norman Lydney Limited

Bowscale

Project Value: £32.8 million (£16.4M grant)

With the support of the APC, hofer powertrain UK and its partners are working together to deliver their first UK production of a class leading, state of the art, automotive hybrid transmission for prestige and high-performance vehicles. The £28 million engineering project (part funded by the APC) will boost the automotive component production and system supply chain in the UK.
hofer powertrain UK are establishing a manufacturing facility in the UK employing specialist manufacturing staff – with the aim that the supply chain and local infrastructures will benefit from the creation or securing of over 200 jobs. As well as benefiting the UK economy with new jobs and products, it is estimated that by 2022 the technology will reduce vehicle CO2.

Consortium Members

Hofer Powertrain UK Ltd
McLaren Automotive Ltd
Integral Powertrain Ltd
Warwick Manufacturing Group

Gyrodrive

Project Value: £15.6 million (£3.2M grant)

GKN Land Systems and its partners received a £7.5 million grant as part of a £16 million project to apply motorsport energy recovery technology for use in buses and trucks. The Flywheel energy system enables the primary engine be that ICE or Battery Electric to be sized for steady state requirements, the GKN flywheel providing the transient power and torque required for acceleration. This enables a diesel to remain in optimum operational mode for fuel economy and euro6 compliance and reduces the cycling and high power requirement that challenges heavy vehicle batteries.

APC’s funding towards this project has allowed GKN to refine their technology to increase their market opportunities for on and off highway applications.

Consortium Members

GKN Autostructures
GKN Hybrid Power
Alexander Dennis
iNetic Ltd.
Coventry University

HEDB

Project Value: £19.4 million (£9.7M grant)

Nissan is leading a consortia of academic and technology partners in the UK to work on key areas of battery development covering pilot projects, product diversification and process improvement, as well as the development of future electric vehicle batteries. This £19.4 million project, which has attracted £9.7 million of funding, will deliver productivity improvements and upskilling. This partnership has resulted in a UK SME developing a new supplier relationship with Nissan, providing growth to their organisation and boosting their capacity in the supply of battery pack solutions.

Consortium Members

Zero Carbon Futures
Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd
Hyperdrive Innovation Ltd
Newcastle University
Warwick Manufacturing Group

HVEMS-UK

Project Value: £11 million (£6.5M grant)

This project, which attracted grant funding, will lay the foundations for Jaguar Land Rover and UK Tier 2 suppliers to establish a supply chain for the manufacture of electric machines to support future hybridisation and electrification of future Jaguar and Land Rover products.

The knowledge and confidence gained from the project will enable Jaguar Land Rover and its supply chain partners to make the necessary investment decisions to establish a full production facility for electric machines in high volumes in the UK.

Consortium Members

Jaguar Land Rover
Tata Steel
Midlands Design & Tool Ltd
Warwick Manufacturing Group
Grainger & Worrall
Newcastle University
Motor Design Limited
HSSMI
Horizon

Latitude

Project Value: £13.1 million (£6.56M grant)

This project will develop world-class advanced engine combustion technologies including an electronic boosting system and fuel injection technology and controls enabling a 12% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 for future diesel engines.

The Latitude project will aim to contribute to the reshoring and growth of the turbo charging supply chain in the UK.

Consortium Members

Jaguar Land Rover
BorgWarner Limited
Ricardo UK LTD
Robert Bosch LTD
GRM Consulting Ltd

Superlight Twin

Project Value: £6.5 million (£2.7M grant)

Over 24 months Norton and its partners will develop a class leading, low drag, lightweight, high performance motorcycle, as part of a £6.5 million project which attracted £2.7 million of grant funding. This will be achieved by applying engine downsizing with forced induction and new lightweight frame structures.

The project will result in CO2 savings of 15 percent in this application. It will also increase the Norton workforce by creating 54 jobs, whilst securing a further 25 existing roles. This is the APC’s first 2 wheeled vehicle project and will assist an historical British brand to move into the low carbon arena.

Consortium Members

Norton Motorcycles UK LTD (lead partner)
Ricardo Vepro LTD
EPM Technology

T-Rex

Project Value: £9.6 million (£4.8M grant)

Ford and its partners received £4.8 million grant towards its nine month £9.6 million project. This will develop and manufacture plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford Transit Custom vehicles, to be trialled in London.

These vehicles are an advanced proof of concept fleet aimed at evaluating the performance of the Hybrid, in a commercial vehicle platform, over a range of real world inner city operations with a variety of operators. The project will result in an estimated saving of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This project evaluates key operational requirements enabling better application of hybridisation in the wider commercial vehicle sector.

Consortium Members

Ford Motor Company
Prodrive
Revolve Technologies LTD

 

 

TRANSCEND

Project Value: £30.4 million (£15.16M grant)

A ground-breaking research project led by Jaguar Land Rover, TRANSCEND combines innovative mechanical design and advanced manufacturing techniques to deliver a compact, lightweight eight-speed transmission with an ultra-wide ratio spread of 20, more than double that of conventional eight-speed automatics and weighing around 20kg less. TRANSCEND could be used in longitudinal rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce CO2 & other emissions .

The TRANSCEND programme aims to rebuild the UK’s production of transmission systems – through investment in processes to develop lighter components as well as more energy-efficient manufacturing production – and promote the export of British hybrid vehicle technologies.

Consortium Members

 Jaguar Land Rover
Drive System Design
Productiv
Tata Steel UK
Manufacturing Technology Centre
University of Strathclyde
University of Sheffield