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£15 million funding to reduce CO2 emissions on the roads

15 projects have won a share of funding to develop innovative technologies that will help reduce CO2 emissions in road vehicles.

The funding, from Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles is the latest to be delivered through our Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform. It will enable 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, to work together on 15 R&D projects.

Head of Transport at Innovate UK Tim O’Brien explained:

At Innovate UK we want to make sure our automotive industry is using the best technologies from other sectors to make the technological advances of the future. That’s why we ran this competition to encourage the use of cutting-edge technologies from outside the automotive industry to drive down the carbon emissions created by our cars.

There are some great projects, which show the fantastic creativity which exists in British industry to find novel solutions to problems, and create a business opportunity.

The winning projects include:

  • European Friction Industries is leading the development of BRAKE-THRU, a new lightweight and cost-effective alternative braking system for future low carbon vehicles (LCVs).
  • Dearman Engine Company is developing a cost-effective zero emission auxiliary system for power and cooling. It could cut CO2 emissions of refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses by 35%, with potential for up to 85%
  • ELG Carbon Fibre and Gordon Murray Design are working together to create new carbon fibre materials from recycled carbon fibre waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Watch an interview with Jonathan Horsley, lead technologist for the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform at Innovate UK

Watch an interview with Jonathan Horsley, lead technologist for the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform at Innovate UK