Promising electric vehicle technology innovations are a step closer to becoming reality as winners of zero-emission vehicle competition are announced.
Projects to power up the electric vehicle (EV) revolution have received a boost through the government’s £20 million research and development competition, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (17 June 2021).
- £20 million zero-emission vehicle competition winners unveiled ahead of COP26
- innovative projects could improve the experience of buying a secondhand electric vehicle, support charging in rural areas and increase vehicle range
- funding to help the UK transition towards all new cars and vans being zero emission by 2035 as we build back greener
Among the winning projects in the fuel cell hydrogen space are: Bramble Energy, HFCEV van, Arcola Energy Limited, HV Systems Ltd, Foresight Innovations Ltd & HV Systems Ltd, Foresight Innovations Ltd
|HYDRANGER – The Physically Integrated Hydrogen Fuel Cell – Lithium Battery Range Extender||Bramble Energy Limited||Fuel cell||Demonstrate how fuel cells can be incorporated within conventional lithium-ion battery modules and demonstrate the approach in a vehicle, such that the fuel cell effectively becomes part of the battery pack space within a vehicle.||£289,303||£413,290||South East|
|Hydrogen Electric Zero Emissions LGV||Innervated Vehicle Engineering Limited||HFCEV van||Develop proof of concept of a 3.5 tonne commercial vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell that can deliver a range of over 341 miles (with rapid re-fuelling).||£418,419||£597,741||East of England|
|Hydrogen in the Loop (H2iL) – Innovation in testing and validation for zero emission refuse collection vehicles||Arcola Energy Limited||FCEV RCV||Development of a fuel cell electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs).||£409,842||£585,488||London|
|Hydrogen-powered Specialist Health Vehicle (Ambulance)||HV Systems Ltd, Foresight Innovations Ltd||FCEV-BEV ambulance, lightweight||Develop an FCEV/BEV hybrid emergency ambulance, purpose-designed from the ground up, overcoming inherent limitations of existing ICE vehicle conversions.||£326,500||£466,429||Scotland|
|HySPERT – Hydrogen Special Purpose Electric vehicle platform for Refuse collection and fire Trucks||Ulemco Ltd, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (Oxfordshire County Council)||HFCEV fire engine, pumps||A feasibility study into developing a bespoke hydrogen fuel cell based zero emission niche vehicle chassis platform that will be adaptable for special purpose applications like fire pumping appliances.||£275,447||£355,815||North West|