UK Electric Car Battery Projects Get Millions In Government Funding

Posted: April 12, 2017 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, ideology, Travel

Electric car technology

Why the motor industry needs these handouts is not obvious, unless of course the lack of public enthusiasm for electric cars means car makers expect a ‘sweetener’ before doing any related work.

The government has awarded £62 million in funding to low-emissions automotive projects, including the development of electric vehicle batteries to be be produced in the UK, as Silicon UK reports.

The funding was the sixth round to be awarded through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), formed in 2013 to help develop the UK’s low-emissions vehicle manufacturing sector.

High-performance batteries

Williams Advanced Engineering said it would use its funding to work with partners on building bespoke high-performance batteries for car makers including Aston Martin.

The project, which involves building the UK’s second purpose-built electric battery plant, is to focus on design for manufacturing, recycling and reusing batteries, Williams said.

It said the project would begin in 2018 but didn’t disclose how much funding it had received.

In a separate project, BMW Motorsport is to collaborate with Delta Motorsport and industrial research group WMG at the University of Warwick to design, develop and produce power-dense batteries for electric vehicles in the UK.

Range of projects

Other projects receiving funding include Jaguar Land Rover for work on lightweight vehicles, Penso Consulting for developing the UK’s complex composite structure manufacturing capacity, Ford for combined system optimisation and Westfield Sportscars for UK-based hybrid powertrain manufacturing.

“From powertrain, to lightweighting, to energy storage, these new projects will not only lower emissions but secure thousands of jobs, address supply chain gaps, and help the UK become a true global leader in advanced vehicle technology,” stated APC chief executive Ian Constance.

The APC is planned to facilitate £1bn of investment in UK automotive projects by 2023, and aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 million tonnes while supporting 30,000 UK jobs. The latest round is expected to create or safeguard 2,370 jobs in the country, the APC said.

Full report: UK Electric Car Battery Projects Get Millions In Government Funding

  1. tom0mason says:

    “Why the motor industry needs these handouts is not obvious, unless of course the lack of public enthusiasm for electric cars means car makers expect a ‘sweetener’ before doing any related work.”

    No, no.
    These rich folks’ boutique productions require public money so that government officials and public broadcasters can freely report about their virtues.
    The rich and famous will buy then them (at the subsidized price) and virtue signal widely about owning them. How else could you get the rest of the sheeple to congratulate each other that the UK tech is ahead of the curve while admiring and coveting these vehicles — despite being priced beyond their means.
    The early takers of the vehicles will gain public kudos as the latest celebs, while the famous are seen being disgorged from or escorted to these battery powered rich peoples’ toys.
    This public money is basically for the virtue marketing of the green dream and the sustainability mirage.
    Without public money, what’s the point of manufacturing them?

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    Heard a blip that there are calls to investigate Elon Musk for operating a Ponzi.
    I often wonder how his “Empire” can be funded thru operations that don’t seem to be profitable.
    There must be something that I am missing…pg

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    Batteries are not the future of transport.

  4. AlecM says:

    The only way this can wok is if you use elevated temperature electrolyte batteries**. There are possible routes, but large development funds needed.

    **Molten sulphur is the best.

  5. AlecM says:

    Solid sulphur is an alternative at ~100 deg C, but it has to be extremely thin.

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    @oldbrew; thank you for the DailyCaller link. The events over the last year seem to indicate this is a failing business model.

    I’ve been wrenching on vehicles for over 60 years and just can’t see a positive result from pure EVs. Modern IC engines are so efficient and long lived they can be the only long term solution to power personal transport. Now on the other hand, Electric driven wheels, battery back up, electric control systems might be a way to increase the efficiencies of the drive train…pg

  7. oldbrew says:

    pg – if the powers that be put their thumbs on the scale hard enough, internal combustion engine (only) cars could be put out of reach of the masses by taxes and regulations. City restrictions and surcharges have already started.

    California springs to mind 😐
    And London’s ‘congestion’ charges.

  8. Stephen Richards says batteries are not the answer. A few years ago fuel cells were all the rage. It seems that there has been progress see but they are not at present economically viable although some are in commercial production. Many suggest the hydrogen economy will never come about because of cost and dangers of transport. LNG (already being transported) would be more economical than hydrogen but a break through would be the use of LPG (propane , butane) -maybe that is where some of the car manufacturers are heading. Yes Musk will fail and would fail now if government subsidies were stopped.

  9. I meant car manufacturers in the second last sentence – my editing is not a strong point
    [amended – mod]

  10. Gamecock says:

    ‘The government has awarded £62 million in funding to low-emissions automotive projects’

    That really depends on where the electricity comes from. In much of the world, that’s coal. Coal powered cars are ‘low-emissions.’ The world has gone mad.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Maybe ‘low emissions at the point of use’ is what they should say.

  12. Gamecock says:

    oldbrew, they know they are lying.

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