New funding announced for low carbon and autonomous vehicles

Seven low carbon vehicle projects are set to share £62 million in funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-government programme to put the UK at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology.

The projects are led by BMW, CNH Industrial, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Penso Consulting, Westfield Sportscars and Williams Advanced Engineering.

In addition, seven projects have jointly won up to £16.7 million funding from the government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), intended to advance the development of a range of ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technologies in the UK. These projects will be led by Equipmake, Ford Motor Company, Great British Sports Cars, Jaguar Land Rover, Ricardo Innovations, Romax Technology and Wrightbus.

With £31 million in grants announced by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, the total funding for driverless and low-carbon vehicles announced today totalled £109.7 million. The government also confirmed that car buyers will continue to receive £4,500 off the cost of an electric vehicles, up to £2,500 off a hybrid, and receive £500 towards the installation of a charge point in their home.

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