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Industrialising net zero automotive tech

Fund Name

APC25: Industrialising net zero automotive technology

Project Length

18-36 months

Project Value

£2.5m - £20m



The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) collaborates with UK government, the automotive industry and academia, to accelerate the industrialisation of technologies, digital optimisation and manufacturing processes. These processes support the UK’s transition to a net zero automotive industry.

The aim of this competition is for collaborative R&D projects that design, develop and manufacture technology. These proposals will work towards delivering net-zero on-vehicle technologies for on-road or off-road vehicles, including 2 wheelers.


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Fund details

Your project must:

  • contribute to the UK’s strategic aims and direction of travel towards net zero transport vision, such as the Automotive Council’s Roadmaps
  • deliver on-vehicle technologies or associated manufacturing processes which support the transition to net zero
  • support growth, transition and security of the UK’s automotive supply chain, increasing capability, whilst improving productivity, efficiency and competitiveness
  • support, through traditional or digitally enabled methods; UK R&D scale-up or commercialisation, decarbonisation of technology design, development, optimisation and production of sub-systems, vehicle systems, delivery of innovation value

Your project must advance technologies in one or more of the following areas:

  • energy storage batteries, their components, management and integration systems
  • fuel cell and associated balance of plant
  • electric machines
  • power electronics
  • fossil fuel-free (at the point of use) internal combustion (in the case of on-road solutions, we will support project proposals which aim to achieve zero harmful tailpipe emissions)
  • lightweighting materials, methods and processes
  • hydrogen storage and management systems
  • design for a circular economy, including the disassembly, recovery, and reuse of materials used in the project technologies
  • digitalisation of design for manufacture and recycling, development of low carbon vehicle innovation, manufacture of vehicle systems and sub-systems, data analytics, redesign, test and validation and verification

The economic benefit of your project will be assessed on criteria including but not limited to:

  • scale and impact on the UK economy
  • foreign investment anchored in the UK
  • jobs created or safeguarded
  • upskilling or reskilling of workforce
  • automotive supply chain in the UK (upstream, midstream and downstream)
  • lifetime environmental impact of the vehicle and circular economy models

Your proposal must evidence:

  • a clear route to market exploitation, that can be evidenced, including intellectual property (IP) generated for the UK
  • a credible consortium-led approach to the project agreed in principle and able to proceed to a formal collaborative agreement
  • what would happen should the project not be funded
  • a demonstration of the outcomes by all partners, the costs can be claimed only if conducted before the end of the project duration


Your project must:

  • have a grant funding request between £2.5 million and £20 million
  • be a minimum of 50% match funded
  • start on 1 November 2024
  • last between 18 and 36 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
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