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 Research and Development (R&D)?

This category includes organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to the research and development of new products and/or new processes. This can include discovering or creating a unique material, transferring a research or technology development to practice, improving the performance of an existing product or creating a new simulation or design tools.

The category also includes companies that have made significant investments into their R&D processes.


The automotive industry has seen the need to develop new technologies focused on EVs and hybrid vehicles, as well as alternative fuels. The companies ranked below have their finger on the pulse of an ever changing industry and have been developing batteries that last longer, fuel cells that are more efficient and test rigs for EVs.

The industry has felt the repercussions of the chip and semiconductor shortages and has been working hard to improve components and lower the amount of hard to produce components in different systems. The companies ranked below have been developing technologies such as improved chips and cathodes, researching methods of lowering semiconductor content in vehicles as well as developing better chassis and EV powertrains.


The cоmpanies in this category have been working on researching and developing battery technology such as solid state batteries, digital battery systems and battery life extensions.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working hard to sign deals to establish joint ventures for developing and researching battery technologies in collaborative projects and initiatives.

The cоmpanies in this category have been developing different types of components, from improving ADAS sensors, to reducing semiconductor content in vehicles, cathodes and chips improvements and 3D printing technology component production.

The cоmpanies in this category have been developing new external systems such as a real time test rig for EVs and adaptive high beams, as well as charging systems such as a European high-performance charging network and fast charging EV cells.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working on developing integrated systems such as system software, interior design improvements, powertrain improvement, carbon nanofibers research and EV systems such as cockpits, powertrain chassis and motors.

The cоmpanies in this category have been working hard to create research and development facilities such as labs, research and design centres, as well as developing virtual factories and opening tech hubs.

TThe cоmpanies in this category have been working hard to develop some of the most innovative industry products and vehicle improvements, such as electric buses, vehicle-to-vehicle security solutions and methanol powered hybrid vehicles.