Britain’s Business Secretary Vince Cable is to announce grants of £133 million from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which aims to invest in developing and commercialising technology for future vehicles in the course of the next 10 years. The first batch of winners include Ford, Cummins, JCB and GKN.
“The next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies and I want them to be developed here in Britain,” Dr Cable said. “These projects will be the first of many to receive funding from the new £1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre which we set up to turn technologies into products.”
Ford is getting cash develop the EcoBoost engine, while GKN is getting £7.5 million to apply Formula 1 technology from Williams for use in buses. This was developed when Williams was looking at ideas for KERS systems. This will provide fuel savings of 25 percent for your average bus.
The Gyrodrive system is designed to save the braking energy of a bus as it slows for a stop and use it to accelerate the bus back up to speed. By avoiding wasting the energy every time a bus stops the system delivers fuel savings of 25 per cent. JCB and its partner Flybrid will receive a £3.3m grant using different Formula 1 technology in diggers.
The Business Secretary says other companies can now bid for a further £75 million from the APC.