APC18: developing the UK’s low-carbon automotive capability

UK-registered businesses can apply for a share of £25 million for UK-developed late-stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low-carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

The aim of this competition is to seek proposals for collaborative match-funded R&D projects. These must demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies, (including material, product and manufacturing processes) for on or off-road vehicles.

Your project must either:

  • accelerate the development of technologies capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions


  • demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements

Your proposal must align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy and must clearly demonstrate how high-value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding.

APC is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations. This includes improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of vehicles that are capable of low and zero tailpipe emissions.

Examples of technologies in scope are:

  • motors
  • batteries
  • power electronics
  • hybridisation
  • alternative propulsion systems

Your project must support the growth of these technologies, creating more jobs and capability throughout the UK supply chain.

To find out more and apply, click here.

Key Dates

Stage 1

  • 29 March 2021 – Competition opens
  • 30 March 2021 Briefing event
  • 5 May 2021 11:00am – Application deadline

Stage 2

  • 1 June 2021 – Applicants invited to interview
  • 5 July 2021 – Interview panel week commencing
  • 13  August 2021 – Applicants informed

To find out more about some of the previous projects we have supported through funding, click here to read about their technology and success.


Meet the APC18 Team

Zoe Hall

Head of Competitions and Projects
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Chris Harris

Business Development Lead
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Dan Bunting

Head of Business Development
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