£62 million APC funding for low carbon innovation

  • New government-industry funding awarded to seven pioneering UK initiatives
  • Projects are forecast to create or safeguard 2,370 British jobs in the automotive industry
  • Latest funding part of 10-year partnership to bring UK low-carbon technologies to market

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has awarded £62 million funding to projects led by BMW Motorsport, New Holland Agriculture, Jaguar Land Rover, Williams Advanced Engineering, Penso Consulting, Ford Motor Company and Westfield Sportscars, to develop innovative low carbon technology in the UK.

The seven collaborative R&D projects, which have been made possible through the sixth round of APC funding since 2013, are forecast to create or safeguard 2370 UK jobs and keep the APC ahead of its target to save 50 million tonnes by 2023.

Projects cover a wide range of innovations, which will help the UK to become a global leader in low emissions technology. They include the development of an affordable hybrid powertrain for niche vehicle applications, such as autonomous pods, as well as a project to address significant gaps in the UK electrification supply chain.

Projects include:

  • BMW Motorsport Ltd will collaborate with Delta Motorsport and WMG at University of Warwick to design, develop and produce power dense batteries in the UK, one of the missing links in the global roadmap for the widespread adoption of all kinds of electric vehicles
  • New Holland Agriculture, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. will bring together a consortium to improve the performance, autonomy and efficiency of the brand’s concept natural gas tractor. This will aim to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural tractors used on farms and within the wider community
  • Jaguar Land Rover is leading a consortium of UK advanced manufacturers, technology companies and universities to develop world-beating new lightweight vehicle technology, designed to enable reduced emissions while maintaining the performance of exciting new cars and SUVs in the future
  • Williams Advanced Engineering Limited and partners will develop bespoke, high performance, cost competitive batteries for high performance low to medium volume applications. This project will focus on design for manufacture, recycling and reuse and making significant CO2 savings
  • Penso Consulting Ltd will lead a project to anchor complex composite structure manufacturing capability in the UK, forecast to create or safeguard more than 1250 jobs
  • Ford Motor Company and its partners will work on a project to develop combined system optimisation which will then be available for wider dissemination within the industry.
  • Westfield Sportscars Limited will lead a consortium that will deliver an affordable, compact, hybrid powertrain for niche vehicle applications, which will be engineered and produced in the UK and exported through the company’s global retail network

Ian Constance, Chief Executive of the APC, said:

The sixth round of APC funding demonstrates the depth of low carbon development that is in the UK. From powertrain, to lightweighting, to energy storage, these new projects will not only lower emissions but secure thousands of jobs, address supply chain gaps, and help the UK become a true global leader in advanced vehicle technology.

The APC was established as commitment by government and industry to ensure the UK is at the forefront of advanced technology developments in the automotive industry. By 2023, it will have facilitated £1 billion of investment in UK automotive projects, with the aim of saving 50 million tonnes CO₂ and safeguarding 30,000 jobs.