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Feasibility studies to challenge current thinking about low carbon vehicle technology

14 June 2011

Fourteen innovative British companies are to receive government support to carry out feasibility studies into the development of disruptive low carbon vehicle technology that will challenge current thinking. The £1 million funding, from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board, will support fifteen vehicle-based studies that challenge current conventions, explore new boundaries or adapt novel technologies to an entirely different field.

Andrew Everett, head of transport at the Technology Strategy Board, says that as part of the low carbon vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme, the Board is exploring new technologies and testing innovative thinking. Through these studies, the organisation aims to draw out innovative technologies being developed within the UK that "have the potential to redefine the current automotive industry view."

The feasibility studies will be led by Aeristech, Axon Automotive, Delta Motorsport, Equipmake, Fusion Innovations, Gordon Murray Design, HILTech Developments, Libertine FPE, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Ricardo UK (2 studies), SAIC Motor UK, Sunamp, TRW Conekt and WDL.

Including contributions from the participating companies, the total cost of the studies is over £1.6 million and the average level of government support for each study is £71,000. The studies will be completed within twelve months and the Technology Strategy Board intends to run a further competition in 2012, aligned to this one, which will create an opportunity for follow-on funding.

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