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.

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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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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Dolphin N2 ThermoPower: The hydrogen combustion engine

Thanks to the APC’s Advanced Route to Market Demonstrator funding, this radical new internal combustion engine, developed by Dolphin N2, was able to show its potential for running on hydrogen.

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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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Glasgow’s hydrogen-powered Ballard bin lorry

Hydrogen can go longer, deliver high power, and be refuelled quickly, making it perfect for utility vehicles. This APC-funded project provided research to find the best business case for heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hear from Dr Richard Kemp-Harper as he explains why fleet operators, such as Glasgow City Council, are choosing to go down the route of hydrogen vehicles rather than battery-electric.

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Empel Systems: high-quality scalable motor-inverter units

Receiving support and funding through the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme helped Empel Systems to commercialise its technology – in particular, the development of a new multi-voltage silicon carbide inverter.

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