Case Studies


Since 2013, we have supported many organisations to deliver projects that drive the UK automotive industry and economy forward on the road to net zero. Read some of our success stories and learn about the impact of technologies that have been developed through our support.

ALIVE and demonstrating: Constellium enclosures


Standing for Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures, ALIVE aimed to take a major step with disruptive high-strength aluminium alloys and processing and joining technologies.

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Holtex: new polishing venture puts shine on APC-funded project Trident


A new business - Holdson - has spun out of an Advanced Propulsion Centre collaborative R&D funded project, thanks to the learning and exposure to commercial opportunities provided by one of our funding competitions.

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To the future with the Saietta axial flux motor

Saietta is developing e-motor manufacturing capability at scale in the UK. Known as the axial flux motor, this case study demonstrates the value of being awarded a grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

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Ariel Hipercar: Ultra-high performance electric sports car

Find out how a consortium of UK SMEs brought Ariel’s HIPERCAR - an ultra high-performance electric vehicle - to life through one of our collaborative R&D competitions.

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RACEForm: Impression Technologies upscaling the HFQ forming process

Find out how this consortium used the Hot Form Quench (HFQ) process to optimise the performance of aluminium alloys and reduce the associated costs during the RACEForm project.

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ACE–DC casting & Nissan UK: Accelerating foundry R&D

The ACE-DC (Alliance Casting Europe Development Centre) project was led by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) to expand its R&D capabilities and enhance its competitiveness among the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance.

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The green Wrightbus: a UK export success story

Wrightbus built the world’s first double decker hydrogen fuel cell bus, and now has fleets operating in five cities across the UK and Ireland thanks to an APC-funded project.

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Intelligent Energy: commercialising the fuel cell

Intelligent Energy is commercialising its hydrogen technology by working with a consortium of UK-based companies including Changan UK R&D Centre Ltd, Alexander Dennis Limited And Lyra Electronics, on one of our funded projects to develop a cost-effective and efficient supply chain.

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Going the distance: the Tevva hydrogen range extender

An APC-funded project, led by Tevva Trucks in partnership with Advanced Electric Machines Ltd, has demonstrated the need for and developed a hydrogen fuel cell range extender to combat the current requirement for heavy batteries in heavy-duty trucks. This collaborative R&D project SANGREAL is a major step forward in the development of viable low-carbon transport.

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Power where it’s needed: engineering a more efficient solution for off-highway vehicle hydraulics

Much of the energy is consumed by off-highway work vehicles is used in lifting, carrying or digging - for which the technology can often be comparatively old-fashioned and inefficient. In 2018, the Advanced Propulsion Centre awarded a £10.9 million grant to the DDISPLACE project, which set out to address these challenges with a fundamental rethink on hydraulic system design.

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