Businesses have been invited to apply for a share of £15mn to support the development of zero emission vehicle technologies and a supporting supply chain.
Announced on 22 June by Innovate UK, the competition – Driving the change to greener vehicles – is split into two strands, with funding coming through the government’s £80mn Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The government said the UK is looking to place green technologies at the heart of its COVID-19 recovery, with zero emission vehicle technologies a key part of efforts to reach the country’s carbon reduction goals.
There is £5mn available in the first strand of the competition, which will be used to support business-led projects that aim to improve the UK supply chain for power electronics, machines and drives, all identified as a significant global opportunity by the government.
In the second strand, £10mn is available to support feasibility studies and research and development projects that develop technologies for zero emission vehicles, or target emissions significantly lower than 75g of CO2 per km. Projects developing electric vehicle charging are also eligible. Areas of interest include battery technologies, electrification of conventional powertrains, hybridisation technologies, technologies that increase the efficiency of powertrain or auxiliary systems, hydrogen technologies, range extender technologies, and EV charging services, including charging solutions, roaming, integration and grid services.
The competition is open with the deadline for applications 11AM on 29 July.