Industry Organisations

The Advanced Propulsion Centre was created from the work undertaken by the Automotive Council to identify the growth strategy for the UK industry. There are a number of organisations which are key stakeholders in the low carbon automotive sector, part of the collaboration created by the APC and listed below.

Automotive Council

The Automotive Council was founded in 2009 to transform the business environment for the automotive industry in the UK.


Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies.  Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) works across government to support the market for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). By working closely with industry, academia and regulators, it aims to make the UK a premier development location for connected and automated vehicles.

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

Department for International Trade – Automotive Unit (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. It also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK. It’s automotive unit is dedicated to helping the UK automtoive industry make it’s mark internationally.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Centre (EPSRC)

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.

High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult network consists of seven technology and innovation centres, established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board, with over £200 million of government investment.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK (formerly The Technology Strategy Board) is the UK’s innovation agency, offering support and funding to help business develop new products and services and bring them closer to market.

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the LowCVP

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, the LowCVP was established in 2003, and is a public-private partnership working to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK business.

Niche Vehicle Network

The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 100 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology companies and supply chain businesses.

Northern Automotive Alliance

The NAA supports micro-companies through to the local global vehicle manufacturers, offering a diverse service using its established networks. This includes the provision of training, events, funding applications and strategic, business and technical advice.

North East Automotive Alliance

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England. Launched in March 2015 and with over 280 cluster participants, the NEAA is the largest automotive cluster in the UK and one of the fastest growing clusters across Europe.

Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across government to support the early market for ULEVs. It published the Government’s ULEV strategy in September 2013.

Proving Factory

The Proving Factory is a unique manufacturing, assembly and validation organisation for the UK automotive industry, credibly bridging the current market ‘gap’ between technology developers making innovative, low carbon prototypes and the needs of vehicle manufacturers for volume supply.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media.

Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world.

Transport KTN

Transport KTN is the Knowledge Transfer Network a community supporting the development of integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems, by bringing together independent but interrelated organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge transfer.


Zenzic (formerly Meridian) was created by government and industry to accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK. Zenzic is channelling £200 million of investment to unite industry, government and academia in the move to a safer, more inclusive and productive mobile future.

Zenzic is powered by the Advanced Propulsion Centre.