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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Manure-powered CNH Industrial tractor is helping bring food from farm to fork


The world’s first 100% methane-powered tractor has been developed through a project that received £9.1 million in government funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

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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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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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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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Follow the story of Sunderland-based SME Hyperdrive, as it grows from a small portacabin to production facility.

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H1PERBAT to Hyperbat

H1PERBAT is a project led by Williams Advanced Engineering, supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This project inspired Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing group to set up a joint venture, Hyperbat limited.

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