Six projects aiming to make the UK a major player in green car production have won £52 million in funding from businesses and the government.
Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, announced today that £24m of government money will go to projects that intend to support UK’s developing ultra-low carbon vehicles industry.
They will see leading vehicle manufacturers, including Ford, Nissan and Land Rover, working alongside supply chain manufacturers and universities to create new low-CO2 cars and technology, and ensure that the skills and manufacturing stays in the UK once the systems reach the mass market.
Lightweight and electric cars
The projects will develop a range of different low-CO2 technologies, including hybrid bin wagons, electric delivery vans, range extension systems and lightweight materials.
They gained the funding by winning a competition run by the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Speaking earlier today, Philip Hammond said: “These projects represent cutting edge technology that has the potential to transform the way we travel in a way that will stimulate a vital and growing market. In short, this is investment that will deliver measurable economic benefits, as well as tangible environmental ones.”
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