In the UK, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), has put out a call for a new round of applications for projects that aim to scale-up the industrialisation of low-carbon emission vehicle technologies and their relevant upstream supply chains.
The funding round is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recently-announced ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”, with the aim of UK’s transition to electric vehicles.
The grants will be awarded as part of the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF). This should fund feasibility studies that “evaluate the viability of developing large-scale manufacturing facilities, advanced manufacturing processes and product manufacturing scale-up for a future automotive supply chain”.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK says that successful projects will need to demonstrate how their study outputs could reduce risk in scaling up “innovative technologies across the low-carbon automotive supply chain, remove the technical or commercial barrier to electric vehicle manufacturing in the UK.” Projects will need to support the overall aim of the Automotive Transformation Fund to establish a “competitive and sustainable UK supply chain”.
Julian Hetherington, Director of Automotive Transformation at the APC says: “The automotive industry is at a crucial turning point as it transitions to low-carbon vehicle architectures. The APC, through our Automotive Transformation Fund, will drive significant capital investment to support the delivery of a zero-carbon emissions future and ensure the UK has a commercially viable and sustainable supply chain.”