The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is providing £10 million for three projects to address research questions in developing low carbon vehicles.
The projects have been developed by EPSRC with the Technology Strategy Board through the low carbon vehicle innovation platform integrated delivery programme.
They will cover scientific and engineering issues related to:
* Hybrid electric vehicles subsystems, enabling the design of more efficient vehicles;
* Use of recycled and recyclable materials for manufacturing vehicles, reducing their environmental footprint; and
* Otimising the performance of electric motors and power electronics.
Business minister Mark Prisk said: “The £10m research grant will help ensure that the UK remains a world leader.”
Universities and science minister David Willetts said: “Our world class science and research base is critical to promoting economic growth in emerging technologies, including low carbon vehicles.
The funding was announced at an exhibition at the department for business, innovation and skills to showcase UK manufactured low carbon vehicles. The exhibits at the exhibition include an audio visual display of the DAF LF hybrid truck and the Ford Transit Connect EV.