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Centre opened to develop cleaner greener vehicles

Centre opened to develop cleaner greener vehicles

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced yesterday that a further £32 million for two new projects to research green electric car technology.

The APC projects committed so far will reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to the output of 250,000 cars per year over the next decade.

The Business Secretary has also announced a further £100 million funding round for businesses as well as a new programme to support small businesses.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Green technology will drive the cars of the future and UK designers and manufacturers must continue to be leading innovators in this field. That's why we've collaborated with industry to provide £1billion joint investment in the Advanced Propulsion Centre - one of the driving forces behind our automotive industrial strategy.

"The APC will be the hub for projects as diverse as using motorsport braking systems in buses, and streamlining the production of electric motors. It's these kind of initiatives that will enable our automotive sector to raise the bar in innovation, give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs."

Speaking at the opening of the APC Hub at the University of Warwick, Chief Executive Tony Pixton said: "The Advanced Propulsion Centre is now active as an enabler for low carbon propulsion development and production in the UK. Today's news confirms we are on track to support and create more than 30,000 UK jobs over the next decade, cutting CO2 emissions and driving exports."

The APC helps forge partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved and contribute to the UK's economic prosperity.

Announcements about further spoke locations, funding competitions and the development of the APC team will be made in the coming months.

by: Becca Chaplin