£10m put forward to fund low-carbon vehicle R&D projects

Sixteen collaborative research and development (R&D) projects are to share funding to develop new low-carbon vehicle technologies.

Ultra-lightweight engine designs, advanced battery-management systems and the next generation of electric motors are three of the technologies to be developed with funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

TSB and BIS have jointly agreed to invest £10m in grants to the projects that will focus on achieving significant cuts in CO2 emissions for vehicle-centric technologies in low-carbon vehicles.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the TSB, said: ‘Through our low-carbon vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme we aim to integrate the low-carbon vehicle innovation chain in the UK from the science base through collaborative R&D to fleet-level demonstration.

‘By investing in such cutting-edge development, we are driving forward low-carbon vehicle innovation in a range of strategically important areas for the UK.’

The consortia developing the technologies will be led by companies that include Advanced Composites, Bladon Jets, Cobham CTS, Jaguar Cars and Morgan Motor Company.

Including contributions from the participating companies, the total value of the research and development projects is more than £19m.