UK Government Invests £73.5 Million In Green Car Technology

The money will be split between 10 projects, with the government hoping it will safeguard jobs.

The government will invest more than £73 million in green automotive technology, junior business minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed. The funding will be split between 10 eco-friendly projects, including Jaguar Land Rover’s hydrogen fuel cell development scheme and BMW Motorsport’s plan to develop more cost-efficient batteries.

Other projects included in the funding include schemes to produce recyclable batteries, advanced electrical systems and ultra-lightweight components. A project to create manufacturing processes for crash-resistant and lightweight battery enclosures will also receive funding, along with research into an energy recovery system designed to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the £73.5 million investment will “help drive the automotive industry further away from its reliance on fossil fuel technologies”, as well as safeguarding more than 14,000 jobs in the research and manufacturing sectors. The department also hopes the money will enable more low-emission cars, commercial vehicles and components to be built in the UK.