Funding for low-carbon car technology

Funding for low-carbon car technology

Cars could soon feature a host of new low-carbon and energy-efficient technology after £75 million of funding was awarded to five innovative projects.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre - a £1 billion joint partnership between the government and the automotive industry - is behind the move.

It hopes the latest round of funding will save more than 4.2 million tonnes of CO2, creating and protecting 851 jobs in the process.

Morgan Motor Company is one of the recipients. It has been awarded £6 million to develop heavily down-sized, fuel-efficient petrol engines coupled with the latest electrification technologies to produce hybrid sports cars and all-electric variants.

Jaguar Land Rover has received £13.1 million to build up the automotive turbocharger supply-chain in the UK, while a consortium led by AGM Batteries has been given £5.4 million to develop the next generation of battery packs for high performance, low carbon vehicles.

Another consortium led by engineering firm Parker Hannifin has been awarded £2.9 million to reduce the carbon footprint of electric forklift vehicles. But it is the London Taxi Corporation that has received the most funding - £46.5 million - to deliver a series of light-weight, zero-emission capable, range extended vehicles.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid says the projects will cement the UK's position as a leading global centre for low carbon innovation and manufacturing.

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