Govt awards £25m funding to zero-emission transport innovation projects

zero emissionImage: UK government gives funding support to 22 zero emission transport innovation projects. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright.

The UK government has announced funding of £25m to 22 projects across the country that are involved in developing innovative zero-emission technologies for new vehicles.

The investment, which is expected to be a fillip to green transport, is a crucial part of the Industrial Strategy, and part of larger efforts towards a net zero carbon economy, said the government.

As part of its vision, the government wants to see that all new cars and vans are effectively zero-emission by the year 2040. Currently, the number of UK-registered ultra-low emission vehicles on the roads across the country is nearly 200,000, which is at record levels, claims the government.

One of the selected projects is working on a new electric motorcycle technology aimed at reducing vehicle emissions and noise, with faster battery charge times and making electric motorbikes look attractive to buyers.

The project is led by Triumph Motorcycles and it involves motorsport and electrification experience from Williams Advanced Engineering, propulsion innovation provided by Integral Powertrain and the integrating academic research with public and private sector projects done by Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Another selected project is exploring the addition of an electric drive axle to a conventional diesel-powered truck to create a hybrid engine which can store and reuse the electricity on the trailer.

In one project, research and development is going on to replace metals with new materials with the help of recycled carbon fibres sourced from aviation waste.

Another selected project is studying the feasibility of the potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology as a zero-emission solution for both utility and off-road vehicles.

The government said that the support for the projects is important for the delivery of its modern Industrial Strategy’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge and the Road to Zero Strategy. The strategies aim to place the UK in the leading position for the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles.

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “We are committed to ensuring the UK continues to develop its world-leading reputation for excellence in the design and manufacturing of greener transport.

“These exciting new projects, from Liverpool to Slough, are powering the future of zero emission vehicles and through our modern Industrial Strategy.”

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