The UK government has announced the latest batch of projects to secure support from the Department for Transport’s £ 20million zero-emission innovation fund.
Four new projects received a share of the pot: a device that provides data on the condition of the battery to improve the purchase of used electric vehicles; a battery that increases the charging power during peak hours; a zero emission ambulance; and a solar-powered refrigerator for commercial vehicles.
The BEVscan project, led by Agile Charging, won £ 219,181 from the innovation fund to develop a plug-in device for electric vehicles that records battery health. The device is intended to improve the consumer experience of buying used electric vehicles, a market expected to boom following the government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new ICE cars.
The second winner is Chilled Ox, a project to develop a solar-powered refrigeration system, which will increase the battery life of small utility vehicles by up to 37%. The project, led by the Global Vehicle Trust, has secured £ 363,577 in government funding.
An additional £ 466,429 has been allocated to the Hydrogen Specialty Medical Vehicle project, which will enable Hydrogen Vehicle Systems (HVS) to develop a zero-emission ambulance with a hydrogen range extender.
The final winner is Rural Grid Boosting. Led by Levistor, this project, which won support of £ 544,109, will develop a kinetic battery to provide a temporary power boost to ultra-fast electric vehicle chargers in rural areas. The boost will be provided during peak hours.
The four projects join previous recipients of grants from the Office for Low Emission Vehicle (OLEV) Zero Emission Research Pot, including a hydrogen ambulance and retractable EV chargers.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the funding “will help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging companies to become global leaders in electric vehicle innovation, creating jobs and accelerating us towards our net zero ambitions “.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-16 23:00:01