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Developing a national network to support the industry with specialist academic, technological and commercial expertise.

The Spokes are designed to provide access to the best expertise and facilities the UK has to offer in key strategic technologies for the automotive industry.

Each of the Spokes is hosted by an organisation with recognised expertise in those key technologies, but the fundamental role of the Spoke is to coordinate a community of common interest.

This community will act as a Centre of Excellence in the key technologies for UK automotive industry. They encompass academia, industry and others working  collaboratively together on fundamental R&D research, industrial research and ultimately play a significant part in supporting and understanding upscaling and production development.

The Spoke communities are open and inclusive and anyone that can add value is encouraged to participate and inform the future development of roadmaps, capabilities and industry direction.

Digital Engineering and Test, Loughborough University (London)





Led by Jon Horsley, the Digital Engineering & Test Centre will work to bring together the automotive and digital communities to
develop and use virtual engineering tools and techniques to accelerate the development, test and manufacture of automotive
propulsion systems.

The Centre is co-located with the APC London office on the Loughborough University London campus on the Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park and aims to provide the automotive sector with a unique resource combining facilities and expertise, capitalising
on the link between industry and academia.

Want more information about Digital Engineering and Test?

Contact Jon Horsley –

Electrical Energy Storage, University of Warwick







Led by Prof, David Greenwood, the Electrical Energy Storage Spoke is based at WMG, University of Warwick.

WMG hosts the national battery scale-up facility, and its Energy Innovation Centre includes world class facilities for battery
systems research and development.

The multi-disciplinary team at Warwick combines electrochemical, electrical, mechanical and manufacturing engineering to deliver battery systems for the future.

Want more information on  Electrical Energy Storage?

Contact Prof. Dave Greenwood –

Power Electronics, University of Nottingham






The Power Electronics Spoke led by Prof. Mark Johnson, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics and a personal Chair at the University of Nottingham. Mark’s expertise is in power devices, power electronics packaging, thermal management, reliability and integration.
The Group at the University of Nottingham has current research contracts from national and European funding bodies, national and international industry and defence bodies. The Spoke will build on this experience by bringing many of the UK’s Power Electronics Manufacturers & Researchers into the

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Contact Prof. Mark Johnson –

Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) System Efficiency, University of Bath

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The ICE System Efficiency Spoke is Led by Prof. Gary Hawley, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at the University
of Bath. The team at Bath has an extensive record of successful engagement with the automotive industry for over 40 years.

The core competence in multi-cylinder IC engine research with expertise in downsizing, future boosting systems and thermal
management is undertaken at system, engine, and vehicle level using state-of-the-art experimental facilities.

Want more information of Internal Combustion Engines System Efficiency?

Contact Prof. Gary Hawley –

Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) Thermal Efficiency, University of Brighton




The ICE Thermal Efficiency Spoke is led by Dr Rob Morgan from the Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) based at the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories (SHRL) within the University of Brighton.

The group at Brighton have extensive experience in collaborative programmes (AEC esearchers have worked with over 40 academic institutions and 30 industrial partners). Rob will leverage the AEC’s ground breaking research into novel internal combustion engines and laser-based diagnostic measurement techniques to bring together the industrial and research communities engaged in improving the internal combustion engine.

Want more information on ICE Thermal Efficiency?

Contact Dr. Rob Morgan –

Electric Machines, Newcastle University





Led by Dr James Widmer, fellow at Newcastle
University. James joined Newcastle Uni in 2010
from a senior role in the automotive industry.
The Electric Machines Spoke builds on the
activities of the Centre for Advanced Electrical
Drives, which works with Industry to drive
fundamental research into industrial products.
The Centre has close working relationships
with companies including Airbus, Jaguar Land
Rover, Nissan and Dyson and the Spoke is
aiming to build on its extensive experience in
collaborative research to bring the academic
and industrial communities closer together.

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Contact Prof. James Widmer –