Jaguar Land Rover has scooped a big slice of $80m in grants made available by the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board to further low and zero carbon motoring.
The grants were shared out between six projects; Jaguar are the lead developer for three of them and a consortium partner for another one. All consortium partners will be expected to bring their own funding to the projects as well.
Other big name manufacturers winning grants include Ford, Nissan and Lotus and consortia members include EVO Electric, Axeon, BP, Johnson Matthey and a range of UK universities.
The projects are as follows:
Highly Integrated Urban Commercial Vehicle: a lightweight and highly maneuverable refuse collection truck designed to halve carbon emissions per tonne of waste collected. Lead developer: Dennis Eagle.
Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery: a system to harness, store and use the heat generated by a typical powertrain, thus driving overall emissions down further. Should be available to all vehicles by 2020. Lead developer: Jaguar Land Rover.
Evolution of REEV (or EREV, a lá the Volt) Technologies: a follow up to a previous project to extend the range of hybrid cars to over 600 miles while keeping emissions below 50g/km. Advanced electric powertrains are expected to be completed by the end of 2012. Lead developer: Jaguar Land Rover.
Lightweight Ultra Low Emissions Van: an urban delivery vehicle designed in conjunction with the Royal Mail and including ergonomic seating. A hydrogen fuel cell version is expected to be available by 2017. Lead developer: Intelligent Energy.
CO2 Reduction Through Emissions Optimization: the next step after catalytic converters, a project to reduce the energy drain of emissions control systems while maximizing CO2 emission cuts, which will be cut by 15% by 2025. Lead developer: Ford.
Aluminum Matrix Composite Materials for Vehicle Weight Reduction: a project to investigate strengthening aluminum with fibers so that it can give the protection of steel but at a fraction of the weight (and therefore emissions). Lead company: Jaguar.
A further $65m was also announced to provide a retail-side subsidy of $7,500 per plug in car until April 2012.