A number of projects using innovative technology to help cars, buses and diggers become more energy efficient, are the first to receive money from a £1bn government fund.
The fund, first revealed in July last year, is intended to propel the UK to the forefront of the green automotive market, and is managed by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). The APC, created at the same time as the fund, assists in developing and managing the new fuel-efficient and low-carbon projects.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: “The next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies and I want them to be developed here in Britain. Over the last few decades the British car industry has been transformed and today a new vehicle rolls off a UK production line every 20 seconds.”
The four projects will be led by Ford, GKN, Cummins and JCB and will be given a total of £133m of investment.
The project led by Ford will receive a £13.1m grant for a £100m programme to upgrade the EcoBoost engine, while the GKN project will receive £7.5m to go towards its £16m Gyrodrive system programme that makes buses greener.
The Gyrodrive system uses Formula 1 technology and is designed to save the fuel of a bus as it slows down to stop, then uses the fuel saved to accelerate again.
The Cummins project will receive £4.9m grant towards a £9.9m project to deliver reductions in carbon emissions from bus engines through the development of new stop-start diesel engine technology.
Finally, JCB and its partner Flybrid will receive £3.3m as part of a £7.3m project to apply Formula 1 technology for use in diggers.
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