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UK grants £133m to support innovation of better powertrain technologies

ABR Staff Writer Published 24 April 2014

UK Government in association with automotive manufacturers Ford, Cummins, GKN and JCB has announced an investment of £133m to develop new powertrain technologies with better fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

The amount, which is made under Business, Innovation and Skills Department, is part of the government's Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) investment of £1bn over the next ten years.

Under the funding, Ford and its partners will receive a £13.1m grant to support their £100m EcoBoost engine upgrade project.

The grant also includes a funding of £7.5m to the GKN Land Systems and partners to deploy Formula 1 technology in buses featuring the Gyrodrive system, which uses braking energy generated to increase acceleration of the bus and also boost fuel savings by 25%.

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable said the next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies.

"To capitalise on the success of our motor industry these projects will be the first of many to receive funding from the new £1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which we set up to turn technologies into products," Cable added.

"The government's industrial strategy is giving business the confidence to invest, securing high-skilled, long-term jobs and creating a stronger economy."

The grant will also offer Cummins and its partners with £4.9m to help develop new stop-start diesel engine technology for buses and reduce carbon emissions, while improving fuel consumption by 15% to 20%.

JCB and their partner Flybrid will receive a £3.3m grant to use the Formula 1 technology in diggers that is expected to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the machinery used in construction projects.