The UK has concluded plans to kickstart what has been termed a variety of ultra-low-carbon project that is aimed at significantly reducing the CO2 emission and footprint of the region. Initial funding of £35 million has already been earmarked for three low carbon automotive powertrain projects in the UK.
The advocacy for green motoring has been taking a notch higher as the 10-year long program looks to put the UK in the forefront of greener and low carbon propulsion technology. Also, it is estimated that hundreds of engineering related jobs will be secured as a result of this funding and research into building low-carbon technologies.
The entire project is said to be worth over £70 million, and this sum includes both government and industry funding, as the project is aimed at upskilling UK workers and developing the UK’s supply chain and competitiveness position in the production of ultra-low carbon emission vehicles globally.
The UK government has also affirmed its ambition to ensure that at least half of the cars on the road in the UK are ultra-low emission by the year 2030. This comes as part of the governments plan to make the UK one of the most favourite destinations in the world to own an electric vehicle.
Titled the Road to Zero Strategy, the plan aims to expand the region’s green infrastructure as well as reduce emission from cars on the road by building better and more environmentally efficient engines for a range of automobiles in the UK including vans and heavy-duty trucks.
Apart from making UK one of the pioneers in electric and clean energy for automobiles, the project is also aimed at delivering a better, cleaner and greener environment and economy. As a part of its Air quality plan, the UK government also hopes to phase out the production and sale of traditional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by the year 2040.
The government is looking to set the stage for the UK to be at the forefront of the green motor industry that is poised to be worth around £7.6 trillion annually by the year 2050.
This project is also backed by some of the top industry leading brand and powerhouses such as; Aston Martin, Nissan, Hofer Powertrain, Danfross, Artemis Intelligent and Robbie Fluid, extending over a wide array of industries. The project is estimated to have the capacity to save around 3 million tones of CO2.
Some of the key projects include; Artemis Intelligent Power which seeks to re-invent hydraulic power for the digital age, Ceres Power which is focused on building better and more flexible batteries for electric vehicles and the Hofer Powertrain that have partnered with Aston Martin to develop a revolutionary and state of the art advanced e-axle transmission, inverter modules and e-motor which will be produced in the UK.
Apart from potentially placing the UK as one of the pioneers of green motoring, low carbon propulsion technology and electric vehicles globally, this 10-year Road to Zero Strategy program will also help save and secure over 1,800 engineering related jobs across the UK.