The Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. The programme provides a platform to recognize the people and companies that are driving change.

Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.

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What is Innovation?

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Rankings as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.


The automotive industry has seen an increased innovation drive even with the damage done by the COVID pandemic. 

A key trend has been improvements in autonomous technologies as well as the services that they are being designed to perform, as we see with light autonomous vehicles and taxi and shuttle services, and medium vehicles and trucking and delivery services being automated. 

The industry’s use of fossil fuels has also been addressed with the introduction of alternative fuels such as hydrogen, with the companies ranked below working to bring improved production methods and fuel cell technology to market.


The companies in this category have been working hard to bring autonomous vehicles to the forefront of the industry with innovations in the self-driving systems for light and medium vehicles.

The companies in this category have been developing autonomous service vehicles such as shuttles and taxis.

The companies in this category have demonstrated innovative EV and battery technologies such as digital battery systems, battery swapping technology, as well as a wheel corner module and hydrogen fuel cell production technology.

Hydrogen has been making its way into the industry as an alternative to fossil fuels and the companies in this category have been building innovative production facilities as well as developing new fuel cell technologies.