Automotive Transformation Fund

Automotive Transformation Fund Feasibility Study 1 Winners

A £17 million investment

The winners from the first Automotive Transformation Fund Feasibility Study Competition FS1 received a share of £17 million investment, combining public grants and industry contributions. Below, you can find out more about each of these studies.



  • AMTE Power – AcouBat: Acoustic Battery testing feasibility for GigaFactory cell manufacturing – Thurso, Caithness
  • AMTE Power – Thurso+: Development and Expansion Feasibility Project of AMTE’s Cell Manufacturing Plant – Thurso, Caithness
  • AVL Powertrain UK – UK Battery Research and Development Centre Feasibility Study – Coventry, West Midlands
  • Echion Technologies – Scaling Anode Technology for the xEV market (SATE) – Sawston, Cambridgeshire
  • Envision AESC UK – Envision AESC UK Gigaplant Feasibility Study – Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
  • Jaguar Land Rover – Project SMITE (Standard Modules Integrated in Technologically-advanced EVs) – Coventry, West Midlands
  • Geothermal Engineering Ltd – Zero Carbon Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Fluid – St Day, Cornwall
  • James Durrans & Sons – Graphitization of Carbon for Anodes – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Johnson Matthey – Trinity Up-Scaling Technology Feasibility (TRUST) – Reading, Berkshire
  • Lotus Cars – BattCon: Battery Containerised Test Facility – Norwich, Norfolk
  • Mexichem UK – Feasibility study to investigate potential UK manufacture of salts and electrolyte additives for lithium ion batteries – Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Nyobolt – Scale-up Feasibility of Anodes Supercharging Transport (Scale F.A.S.T.) – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • SHD Composite Materials – Advanced Technology Lightweight Automated Structure (ATLAS) – Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • Talga Anode UK – UK-Anode: creating a graphite anode supply chain for the UK automotive Li-ion battery industry – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • Talga Anode UK – UK-Si: Creating a Silicon/carbon anode supply chain for UK automotive Li-ion battery industry – Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • UK Seabed Resources Ltd – PMN Mineral Processing Production Plant Feasibility Study


Fuel Cells

  • Arcola Energy – Business case for powertrain tier 1 scale up – London
  • Intelligent Energy – Project ION Feasibility Study – Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells – Production line for high volume addition of GDLs to make MEAs – Reading, Berkshire
  • Teer Coatings – High-Throughput Coating Processes for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates – Droitwich, Worcestershire


Motors & Drives

  • GKN Hybrid Power – Future Pathway UK: Advanced R&D and Process Development for Integrated eDrive Manufacture – Abingdon, Oxford
  • Less Common Metals – UK RE Magnet Base – Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
  • Shield Engineering (SYSTON) – Acceleration of cost-effective & scalable manufacturing solution for next generation highly-integrated power electronics, motors & drives – Southam, Warwickshire
  • Yasa – YASA ATF Feasibility Study – Kidlington, Oxfordshire


Power Electronics

  • Compound Semiconductor Centre – GANDALF (GAllium Nitride process De-risk for UK Automotive suppLy chains Feasibility study) – St Mellons, Cardiff
  • Newport Wafer Fab – SENSIBILITY (Silicon Carbide Manufacturing Feasibility Study) – Duffryn, Newport



  • Patrimony EV – Classic Car Electrification (CICERO) – Chelmsford, Essex

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