The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has chosen the University of Warwick in the UK Midlands as the site for its hub location, supporting the 10-year, GBP1bn (US$1.6bn) industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon propulsion systems.

The central hub together with a national spoke structure will provide the UK automotive industry with resources and facilities to develop systems and supply chains with a view to securing over 30,000 UK jobs currently engaged in the research, development and production of vehicle powertrains as the industry transitions to a low carbon future.

University of Warwick was chosen because of its ease of access with good communication networks, availability of skills and scope for expansion.

APC chief executive Tony Pixton said: "The centre will support the UK automotive industry to become a global leader in the research, development and production of advanced propulsion systems. Through our hub and ppoke network we will enable collaboration between SMEs, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to create new powertrain solutions that build UK capability."

The hub facility is due to open in the autumn and there will be further announcements about spoke locations later this year.

The APC was created from the collaboration between industry and government through the Automotive Council and is a central pillar of the industrial strategy published by the council in 2013.

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