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Infrastructure solutions for zero emission vehicles

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£300,000 - £800,000


The aim of this competition is to fund innovative infrastructure solutions that support this transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) in line with the Government’s transport decarbonisation ambitions.


This competition seeks to support feasibility studies and research and development projects that address one or more of the following infrastructure challenges:

  • improve public residential charging in urban areas
  • improve rural charging
  • improving fleet charging solutions
  • enhance the ZEV user charging experience



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £300,000, and £800,000
  • start by 1 August 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, research organisations, or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.


Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.


Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA).


This competition seeks to support feasibility studies and research and development projects addressing one or more of the ZEV infrastructure challenges listed in the specific themes.


Projects must:

  • develop infrastructure solutions which can be deployed at scale within 5 years
  • develop sustainable infrastructure solutions for ZEV at low cost without compromising safety or capability
  • show a clear route to market including end users and appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially
  • show that you can realistically produce the technology at a price the market is willing to pay when commercialising
  • show how the future supply chain will be developed
  • consider advanced approaches to manufacturing at the target scale
  • deliver a clear plan to trial the solution in an appropriate setting at a later date, including location plans, use cases, resources and planning considerations
  • deliver a final report summarising the project’s achievements
  • deliver appropriate dissemination activities


Projects may include end users or infrastructure owners, such as local authorities and fleet operators (public and private), and stakeholders such as distribution network operators (DNOs), infrastructure providers, energy providers, hardware and software providers.


Your application must focus on at least one of the following infrastructure challenges:

  • Improve public residential charging in urban areas
  • Improve rural charging
  • Improving fleet charging solutions
  • Enhance the ZEV user infrastructure experience
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