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.

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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CELEB2: Equipmake electric drivetrains powering growth


By taking part in an APC-funded collaborative research and development project, Norfolk-based Equipmake has developed a world-leading electric drivetrain.

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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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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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Hofer – Bowscale

hofer powertrain, Germany, is one of the world’s leaders in the development of powertrain technologies and manufactures class-leading hybrid transmissions. Its UK subsidiary is collaborating with WMG, McLaren Automotive and Yasa Motors through an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) project that will provide the UK with capability for the design and manufacture of advanced hybrid transmissions, complementing the next generation of low carbon vehicles.

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GKN – Gyrodrive

The GKN Hybrid Power flywheel is an electric flywheel, storing energy mechanically in a high-speed carbon rotor. This novel technology cut its teeth in top-flight endurance racing, helping to power Audi’s R18 e-Tron Quattro to four successive Le Mans 24-hour race podiums. The APC ‘Gyrodrive’ project, which closed in September ’17, sought to develop and test this technology for use in the Hybrid bus market.

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