A £20 million funding competition by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) will invest in business projects that support the design, build and manufacture of zero and low emission vehicles and technologies.

This is the latest in a series of funding competitions. They are delivered in partnership by the APC, Innovate UK and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The competitions support the government’s modern Industrial Strategyunder the future of mobility Grand Challenge. This challenge will transform how people, goods and services move around, including more efficient transport networks with dramatically reduced carbon emissions and other pollutants.

A 10-year, £1 billion joint government and industry commitment, the APC exists to accelerate low carbon propulsion technologies in the UK. It aims to make the UK a global centre of excellence for next-generation low carbon vehicle development and production.

Build a long-term UK supply chain

The competition is inviting projects that enhance UK capabilities in low carbon technologies for automotive and create a long-term supply chain.

It is particularly interested in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Projects that demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, including motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems, are also welcome.

Projects must be in the following areas:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems

Ultimately, projects should support the growth of next-generation technologies and create more jobs in the UK.

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 7 January 2019 and the deadline for applications is at midday on 6 March 2019
  • UK-based businesses can lead a project, working in partnership with others, including at least one SME, a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier
  • total costs should range between £5 million and £40 million, with 50% match funded by industry
  • projects can last between 18 and 42 months
  • the best applications will be invited to interview the week beginning 29 April 2019
  • businesses can register for a briefing event on 10 January 2019 to get advice on applying