Up to £20 million in funding offered for low-carbon EV tech


UK businesses are invited to bid for a share of up to £20 million for advanced low-carbon electric on and off-road vehicles.

Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre are seeking projects that have been locally developed, and are already at an advanced stage of research and development.

Applications will close on 16 October 2019.

Project teams must be led by a UK business, be based in the UK and involve at least one micro, small, or medium-sized business. Priority will be given to those projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on the UK economy, including those that can invest significantly in the creation of new supply chains which support the UK’s transition to electric transportation.

Projects should either focus on accelerating the development of low and zero tailpipe emission capable technologies or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon emissions, that will contribute to improving air quality.

They must directly focus on, or relate to one or more of the following strategic technology streams:

  • alternative propulsion systems
  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion systems that deliver substantial improvements.

Preference will also be shown to projects that can deliver a high-value, UK-focused manufacturing or sourcing footprint, as well as those that can deliver cost savings on final consumer-facing costs.

Projects must also include a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier and total eligible costs must be matched by 50% of secured funding, between £5 million and £40 million.