Britain’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has secured GBP35m (US$45m) of government funding to develop low carbon technology.

The grant is the ninth round of finance awarded to three projects and will create or safeguard 1,800 UK jobs as part of Britain’s ‘Road to Zero’ plan.

With a total value of more than GBP70m, including both government and industry investment, the projects are expected to enhance the UK’s supply chain and competitiveness in the development of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Consortiums are made up of companies such as: Hofer Powertrain, Aston Martin, Ceres Power, Nissan, Artemis Intelligent Power, Danfross and Robbie Fluid, covering a broad range of industries. The projects have the potential to save more than 3m tonnes of CO2.

Projects include:

Ceres will lead a project, with the support of Nissan, to develop a compact, high power density, solid oxide fuel cell specifically designed to extend the range of electric light commercial vehicles. The programme addresses commercial vehicles.

Hofer Powertrain along with Aston Martin is developing a new generation of e-axle transmissions, e-motor and inverter modules, which will be manufactured in the UK, for future high-performance vehicles.

“The challenge of lowering emissions is shared by the entire automotive industry and includes all areas of the sector,” said APC chief executive, Ian Constance.

“This latest round of APC funding highlights the broad range of vehicle types that will benefit from developments in low carbon innovation, with successful applicants developing technologies for commercial and off-highway vehicles, as well as the wider e-mobility industry.

“We expect this approach will help to create and safeguard jobs across the UK automotive sector.”