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13 04 2017 03

The UK Government has awarded £109.7m of funding to help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles, as part of the industrial strategy and the government’s plan for Britain.

The projects, led by BMW, CNH Industrial, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Penso Consulting, Westfield Sportscars and Williams Advanced Engineering, cover a wide range of new innovations which will help the UK to continue to build on its excellence and become a global leader in low-emissions technology, and safeguard 2,370 jobs in the UK.

Successful schemes include:

· The development of a high power battery suitable for high-performance vehicles

· A project to address gaps in and strengthen the UK supply chain

· The development of the fuelling system for a concept gas tractor

· Technologies to reduce the weight and improve electrification in SUV vehicle platforms

A further seven projects have won funding from the government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) 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.

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