Low emission vehicle systems IDP13

Key Features

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £24 million to enable industry-led research into vehicle technology that provides significant reductions in real-world emissions.

Programme:     Innovate UK

Award:     Up to £500k

Opens: 5th Sep 2016

Closes: 26th Oct 2016

! This scheme is now closed

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK are looking for projects developing low-cost, highly integrated systems enabling zero emission journeys.

This competition is in 3 streams.

The aim of this competition is to support industry-led research and development (R&D) projects. These should be for vehicle technology that reduces or removes real-world emissions at tailpipe.

Projects must take an integrated systems approach to vehicle emissions reduction. The end result should be lower emissions at vehicle level in the real world. In particular, we are looking for projects developing low-cost, highly integrated systems enabling zero emission journeys.

Projects must focus on on-highway vehicles (L, M or N category vehicles) as their primary exploitation route. Secondary exploitation through off-highway vehicles (non-road mobile machinery) is in scope.

Projects should produce a proof of concept by around 2020. Projects are expected to have shown technical and commercial feasibility to then target programmes for vehicle sales in around 2025.

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following strategic technologies from the Automotive Council UK:

  • electric machines and power electronics
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • thermal propulsion
  • highly disruptive technologies which would significantly speed up the reduction of CO2e and other emissions

Projects that focus on more than one strategic technology are preferred. Proposals that focus on just one area must clearly explain how they achieve the systems approach.



The priorities for this competition are:

  • systems for zero tailpipe emissions running, appropriate to vehicle class. For example, enabling M1 vehicles to complete a 50-mile zero emission journey
  • systems achieving significant reduction of tailpipe CO2e or other emissions
  • systems achieving significant reduction of CO2e emissions on a Well-to-Wheel basis (ie including fuel/energy storage, production, processing and delivery)