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Transitioning towards zero emission vehicles (collaborative R&D)

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£300,000 - £600,000


The aim of this competition is to fund innovative on-vehicle solutions that support the transition to zero emission vehicles in line with the Government’s transport decarbonisation ambitions.


Innovate UK is looking for solutions that address one or more of the following challenges:

  • improve ZEV range capability
  • increase adoption of small commercial ZEVs
  • support transition to zero emission for special use vehicles
  • improve ZEV user experience
  • improve sustainability of ZEVs



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs from £300,000 and £600,000
  • start by 1 Aug 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 8 months


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


The maximum number of organisations allowed in a consortium in this competition is 3, including the lead. This maximum number includes non-grant claiming partners, but not subcontractors.


For collaborations, 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.


Your project must offer a solution that addresses one or more of the challenges associated with increasing the uptake in zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).


Projects must:

  • develop on-vehicle technologies that deliver zero tailpipe emissions, speeding up their introduction to the market
  • justify how the technology improves overall vehicle efficiency and lifecycle CO2 emissions
  • validate the technology in a relevant environment, for example through a development mule or adapted current production vehicle for higher maturity technologies
  • where applicable, define appropriate representative real-world operating conditions, and a suitable comparator technology or vehicle against which the project will measure the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) baseline and improvements
  • deliver zero emission vehicles technologies at a lower cost than today without compromising their safety or capability
  • provide evidence that the durability, integrity, and safety of any technology proposed is in line with industry and consumer expectations
  • 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 approach to manufacturing including at the target scale and using advanced approaches
  • show a clear route to market including appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially
  • show a reduction of the environmental impact of the technology including resource efficiency and end of life options such as recycling, remanufacturing or reuse
  • identify an appropriate end customer(s) or route to commercialisation
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