The Government is hoping to help cut 45 million tonnes of CO2 through providing funding for various green projects over the next few years.
The projects include funding for motorsport technology in car motors, hydrogen fuel cells for buses, and lightweight structures for electric heavy goods vehicles and amount to a whopping £54 million worth of financial backing.
The next generation of electric trucks and hydrogen-fuelled buses will be hitting the road and creating around 10,000 UK jobs in the coming years, thanks to the money promised by the government’s business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, to projects based in Warwickshire, Cwmbran and Ballymena.
It’s thought that the green initiatives will cut down masses of carbon emissions – equal to the amount produced by 1.8 million cars over their lifetimes.
The 3 projects being funded are:
- £31.9 million to develop electric propulsion systems for heavy goods vehicles in Cwmbran, Wales. This technology could be applied in a range of ways, such as giving lorries greater travel range and better energy efficiency for coaches and construction vehicles
- £11.3 million to develop and manufacture energy-saving technology from motorsport for use in cars and vans from a centre in Warwickshire
- £11.2 million to develop and manufacture low-cost hydrogen fuel cell technology for buses and create a hydrogen centre of excellence with Wrightbus in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:
“The UK is leading the world by developing cutting edge technology that will help to tackle climate change and lead to a green, competitive future for our automotive supply chain.
“These projects will not only help accelerate the wider application of greener technology in lorries and buses but will also help generate the high-skilled jobs to level up communities across the UK while ensuring we build back greener from the pandemic.”
The funding is being coordinated by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which supports the development of low carbon emission technologies for cars, buses, heavy goods vehicles, and vans.
These projects will help further the UK’s ongoing efforts to develop a sustainable supply chain for manufacturing electric vehicles by 2026.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Meritor, John Bennett, said:
“With this award, our consortium will develop a game-changing electric powertrain for heavy-duty 4×2 and 6×2 vehicles up to 44 tonnes.
“This technology will provide commercial vehicle OEMs with the optimal solution to meet EU 2025 CO2 reduction targets, in addition to a host of other product benefits.
“These include greater efficiency, reduced weight, longer-range capability, and far greater application flexibility when compared to existing systems.”