FEV and Coventry University are to construct a EUR 33m (US$40m) low carbon technology centre in the UK focusing on powertrain concepts.

 Four powertrain test cells will allow FEV, University researchers and engineers to test performance and emissions on a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybrid, electric, conventional and alternative fuel-based powertrains.
The new low carbon technology centre will open next door to Coventry University’s recently-launched National Transport Design Centre (NTDC), creating a cluster of transport-focused research and development facilities on the university’s Technology Park.
The new test centre represents a significant growth in FEV’s presence in the UK through its local engineering operation serving the UK automotive industry with specialist services in powertrain development and an increasing focus on vehicle electrification.

FEV already today works closely with a number of UK customers in the automotive and aerospace industries. These are expected to use the facility to develop cleaner transport technologies, with a significant area of work set to be advanced propulsion systems, a key innovation theme identified in the UK government’s industrial strategy.
“Close cooperation with leading universities has always been a crucial aspect which strengthens the innovative capability of FEV”, said FEV Group president and CEO, Stefan Pischinger.

“It was a logical step for us to invest in the low carbon technology centre. The cooperation will strengthen our presence in the UK and offers a great base for future development projects to achieve lowest emission mobility.”

For his part, Coventry University Vice-Chancellor, John Latham added: said: “This new joint venture with FEV speaks of lasting confidence across Europe in the strength of industry and the quality of research and development in the UK.

“The facility strengthens our existing portfolio of activities in this area, building on the work we’re doing through the National Transport Design Centre and our connected and autonomous vehicles programmes to take our recent overall investment in transport research and development to over GBP40m.

“Coventry and the wider Midlands clearly remain a draw for international companies wanting to push forward innovation in vehicle design and development, particularly in clean transport technologies, and we’re delighted as one of the region’s universities to be playing a role in attracting such investment.”