Vince Cable Opens £1billion centre for cleaner greener vehicles

  • £1bn Advanced Propulsion Centre opens for business at the University of Warwick.
  • Two new projects awarded £32m to research manufacturing technology for electric motors and develop cleaner internal combustion engines, safeguarding 2,500 jobs.
  • Up to £100m of new funding now available for companies.
  • First APC Spoke announced in London in partnership with Loughborough University.

6 November 2014: Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced a further £32 million for two new projects to research manufacturing technology for electric motors and develop cleaner internal combustion engines, during a visit to officially open the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) headquarters at the University of Warwick.

The two new projects are led by Jaguar Land Rover. They will be part of the projects announced this year that will safeguard 2,500 jobs, in the £1bn industry and government commitment to turn low carbon propulsion technology into products developed in the UK.

The APC projects committed so far will reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to the output of 250,000 cars per year* over the next twelve years.

The Business Secretary also announced today that a further £100 million funding round has opened for businesses as well as a new programme to support small businesses.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

‘Green technology will drive the cars of the future and UK designers and manufacturers must continue to be leading innovators in this field.  That’s why we’ve collaborated with industry to provide £1billion joint investment in the Advanced Propulsion Centre – one of the driving forces behind our automotive industrial strategy.

‘The APC will be the hub for projects as diverse as using motorsport braking systems in buses, and streamlining the production of electric motors. It’s these kind of initiatives that will enable our automotive sector to raise the bar in innovation, give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs.’

Speaking at the opening of the APC Hub at the University of Warwick, Chief Executive Tony Pixton said:

‘The Advanced Propulsion Centre is now active as an enabler for low carbon propulsion development and production in the UK. Today’s news confirms we are on track to support and create more than 30,000 UK jobs over the next decade, cutting CO2 emissions and driving exports.

‘We are delighted to welcome the Business Secretary and Co-Chair of the Automotive Council, Dr Vince Cable MP to the APC Hub to announce the latest investments and launch the next funding competition in our ten year programme of investments.

‘The APC is leading the development of the UK as a Propulsion Nation as we expand from the Hub with the announcement of the new London Spoke, in conjunction with Loughborough University and adjacent to the proposed Centre of Excellence for Digital Engineering and Test.’

The APC helps forge partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved and contribute to the UK’s economic prosperity.

Loughborough University in London welcomed the news that the first APC Spoke will be located at its premises on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park campus.

Vice Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, Robert Allison, said:

‘We are delighted that Loughborough University in London is to host this first, and highly important, Spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

‘Loughborough University has been training automotive engineers since 1919 and our research in powertrain engineering, propulsion and manufacture is recognised as world-class. Powertrain and propulsion development is a key strategic area for Loughborough: indeed earlier this year we announced a five-year investment of £1.5 million in research appointments, which will help us to develop the new advanced propulsion technologies required for the move to zero emission vehicles. We are therefore exceptionally well-placed to support this very important and hugely exciting development.

‘The Spoke’s location in the Here East development of one of the most dynamic and fast developing regions of the London will also ensure the APC has the visibility and connectivity it requires to achieve its ambitions.’

Announcements about further spoke locations, funding competitions and the development of the APC team will be made in the coming months.

* The CO2 savings achieved as a result of the projects committed by the APC is calculated by government economists at 5 million tonnes over a period of 12 years. Assuming an average CO2 emission of 128.3g/km for a passenger car**, averaging 13,196 km (8,200 miles) *** per year this equates to 1.69 tonnes of CO2 per year per car. Total CO2 savings of 5 million tonnes during a 12 year period averages out at the equivalent of the impact of 246,548 vehicles per year during this time.

** SMMT New Car CO2 report 2014.   *** DfT National Travel Survey published July 2013


Media Information

Al Clarke
APC Communications
07899 843 073

The Advanced Propulsion Centre –

The Advanced Propulsion Centre was formed in 2013 from a commitment between the government and automotive industry through the Automotive Council to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production. It is a central pillar of the Industrial Strategy created by the Automotive Council.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Limited (APC) is a private limited company, an industry wide collaboration of innovators and producers of low carbon propulsion systems. It facilitates partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved. Each programme enhances the UK’s position as a Propulsion Nation and contributes to the country’s economic prosperity.

The government and industry have each committed to provide £500 million to the APC during its 10 year programme. The activity in this £1 billion project will be delivered through a small team working across the UK from a central Hub located at the University of Warwick and regional Spoke locations.

The first round of investments by the APC was announced in April 2014 and covered four project consortia:

  • Ford and their partners will receive a £13.1 million grant for their £100 million programme to upgrade the award winning EcoBoost engine. This will accelerate the introduction of advanced low carbon technologies to deliver improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
  • GKN Land Systems and their partners will receive a £7.5 million grant as part of a £16 million project to apply motorsport energy recovery technology for use in buses. The Gyrodrive system is designed to save the braking energy of a bus as it slows to stop and use it to accelerate the bus back up to speed. By avoiding wasting the energy every time a bus stops the system is projected to deliver fuel savings in the order of 25%.
  • Cummins and their partners will receive a £4.9 million grant for a £9.9 million project to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions from bus engines through the development of new stop-start diesel engine technology. This will improve fuel consumption by 10 to 18%.
  • JCB and their partner Flybrid will receive a £3.3 million grant as part of a £7.3 million project to apply Formula 1 technology for use in diggers. This will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions resulting in a substantially reduced carbon footprint for construction projects using this machinery. On average, the carbon emissions of a single 20 tonne excavator will be reduced by an estimated 16 tonnes per year.

The Third APC Funding Competition

The competition for the third round of investments opens in November 2014 with up to £100 million available. The winners will be announced in Spring 2015. Applications are invited from consortia with low carbon propulsion technology projects between £5m and £40 million for technology that is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 and Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 4. Companies can register their interest at the APC website

Pilot SME Support Programme

The pilot SME Technology Developer Accelerator Programme was launched in September 2014 at the LCV2014 show and provides support to develop concept studies, business planning and characterisation to help prepare the company’s innovation for market. More details of the programme can be found at

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover is a world-renowned premium 4×4 brand while Jaguar is one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car brands.

Under the ownership of Tata Motors Limited since 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has transformed its business to realise the full potential of its brands and deliver profitable results. Driving the business forward is a world-class team of more than 26,000 people globally. In addition we support more than 190,000 UK jobs through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy. Jaguar Land Rover has recruited nearly 9,000 people since 2011.

Jaguar Land Rover media contact: Nick O’Donnell, Global Corporate PR Manager, 07825 115951

Loughborough University in London is a new postgraduate campus, which will build on Loughborough University’s internationally-renowned high-quality education, research and innovation.

It will offer a collaborative and inspiring learning environment, combining world-leading scholars, dynamic organisations and creative individuals with the emerging talent and leaders of tomorrow. Organisations from London, the UK and around the world will work in close partnership with world-class researchers and pioneering innovators, allowing them to engage with and benefit from new knowledge and the very latest understanding to meet economic, commercial and social challenges.

Loughborough University in London is part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Here East development, which is bringing together education, business and technology to drive forward creativity and entrepreneurship.

LUiL media contact:  Hannah Baldwin, Head of Public Relations Marketing and Communications 01509 222239

© 2021 The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Ltd. All rights reserved.