£25m boost for electrification of automotive sector

The government has awarded £25m for projects aimed at advancing technology and engineering in the automotive sector to achieve zero emissions by 2040.

This investment into the future of electrification will include 22 projects which will bring developments in electric vehicles that enable solutions towards reducing emissions, and effective use of the circular economy model for waste reduction.

Triumph Motorcycles will lead the highest-valued project, worth around £4m, developing an electric motorcycle with support from Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain and Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland will develop and produce a high torque electric motor and drive system and Toyota Tsusho UK, a subsidiary of Toyota, will use carbon fibres reclaimed from recycled aircraft for large-scale production of light weight vehicle parts.

Other projects include: establishing an end-to-end supply chain for recycled rare-earth materials used to build electric motors; building mechanical components, such as electric drive axles, and electric motors for a variety of vehicles; a zero emission rapid response operations ambulance for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and research and development into the design and engineering behind different electrical vehicles.  

These projects are part of wider plans outlined in the UK Industrial Strategy’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, and the Road to Zero Strategy, which prioritise “design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles”, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Transport.

Greg Clark, secretary of state for BEIS, 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, investments like these will also enable us to realise our commitment for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.”

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