UK pumps GBP54m into hydrogen/lightweight structures | Automotive Industry News

Britain is providing GBP54m (US$75m) for projects including motorsport technology in car engines, hydrogen fuel cells for buses and lightweight structures for electric heavy goods vehicles.

The government maintains the schemes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will secure nearly 10,000 jobs and save 45m tonnes of CO2.

The three projects in Cwmbran, Warwickshire and Ballymena will receive more than GBP54m of funding from the UK government and industry and are forecast to secure nearly 10,000 jobs across the UK.

The projects being funded are:

  • GBP31.9m to develop electric propulsion systems for heavy goods vehicles in Cwmbran, Wales. This technology could be applied in a range of ways, such as giving lorries greater travel range and better energy efficiency for coaches and construction vehicles
  • GBP11.3m to develop and manufacture energy-saving technology from motorsport for use in cars and vans from a centre in Warwickshire
  • GBP11.2m to develop and manufacture low-cost hydrogen fuel cell technology for buses and create a hydrogen centre of excellence with Wrightbus in Ballymena, Northern Ireland

“The UK is leading the world by developing cutting edge technology that will help to tackle climate change and lead to a green, competitive future for our automotive supply chain,” said British Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng.

“These projects will not only help accelerate the wider application of greener technology in lorries and buses, but will also help generate the high-skilled jobs to level up communities across the UK while ensuring we build back greener from the pandemic.”

The funding builds on the recent launch of the government’s national Bus Back Better strategy and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s  Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, both of which aim to accelerate the shift to zero emission vehicles and decarbonise the UK’s transport networks.

“We are delighted to have guided the latest investment of more than GBP54m in the development and production of innovative powertrains to further accelerate the transition of the automotive sector to a net-zero future,” said Advanced Propulsion Centre CEO, Ian Constance.

“The funding will enable the UK to apply its innovation and experience in electrification of vehicles across the supply chain in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“From fuel cell technology for buses, designed and built in Ballymena, a lightweight electric powertrain for commercial vehicles developed and manufactured in Wales and an integrated motor and energy recovery systems system for cars and vans based on motorsport technology in Warwickshire, [the] announcement secures and creates nearly 10,000 jobs and will cut CO2 emissions equivalent to removing the lifetime emissions of nearly 1.8m cars.”