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The winners of the£10m Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge were ...
The winners of the £10m Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge were

announced today by green fuels minister David Jamieson.

The announcement comes on the same day as the publication of the

first annual progress report for the Powering Future Vehicles

Strategy launched last year by the prime minister.

The strategy sets out government targets for promoting low carbon

vehicles and fuels in the UK. It sets targets that by 2012 one in ten

new cars will be low carbon and that 600 buses produced every year

will be low carbon.

As part of the strategy, the ULCCC called on industry to develop an

ultra low carbon family car capable of being mass-produced.

Mr Jamieson said:

'The UK has made real progress over the last year in making vehicles

greener and more fuel efficient. We received a high quality response

to the challenge and I am pleased to announce that five projects have

been identified - subject to finalisation of Fund contracts.

'Government is only part of the story. To achieve low carbon

transport in the UK we need the involvement of all the stakeholders,

including vehicle manufacturers, energy companies and environmental

groups - and this is demonstrated by both the PFV progress report

published today, and the results of the Ultra Low Carbon Car


The projects selected for NVT Fund support are:

Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge -

Projects selected for New Vehicle Technology Fund support

Subject to finalisation of Fund contracts

Lead Other project partners Main technology developments

partner involved

MG Rover MIRA, Hybrid powertrain, reduced body

Group Ltd, Nuneaton;Powertrain and chassis weight, advanced

Longbridge Ltd, Birmingham;Pi aerodynamics and thermal

Technology, Cambridge systems.

Ricardo UK Peugeot Citroen Downsized parallel hybrid

Ltd, Automobiles, powertrain; automatic-manual

Shoreham, Coventry;QuinetQ, transmission; advanced NiMH

Sussex Malvern batteries supplemented by a


Zytec MotorolaDaimler Series hybrid powertrain; high

Automotive Chrysler efficiency starter-alternator


Ltd, Sutton


Bertandt Echo Developments, Hybrid

UK ltd, Leamington SpaCTG Ltd, powertrain;Contra-rotating

Leamington Reading;Xtrac Ltd, flywheel energy storage.

Spa Thatcham;SKF UK Ltd,


Artemis Dana Corporation, Infinitely variable hydraulic

Intelligent Northampton;Multimatic transmission system, hydraulic

Power Ltd, Technical Centre energy storage

Edinburgh Europe, Thetford

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, added:

'With over 20% of the UK's total carbon emissions produced by road

transport every year, technological advances in this area are vital.

TransportEnergy has been supporting the early adoption of cleaner

fuels and emission reduction technologies since 1996. This project is

an exciting opportunity for innovative and cleaner technologies to be

developed and showcased.'


The annual report on the delivery of the Powering Future Vehicles

strategy was published today by the low carbon ministerial group. The

report is available free of charge from the DfT publications centre

(0870 1226 236), and can be obtained in electronic format from the

DfT website (

The Ultra Low Carbon Car challenge was launched on 29 April 2003 by

Alistair Darling MP. The Challenge invited proposals from individual

companies or consortia to build and demonstrate an family sized ultra

low carbon car in the UK.

Applications were assessed against the target specification for the


Vehicle type: five door car;

Fuel type: all generally available types ie: petrol, diesel or LPG ;

Size: equivalent interior space to a class C vehicle (Astra/Focus)

Well to wheel CO2 (on the combined European drive cycle) of less than


This equates to fuel efficiency of at least 75 mpg.

Emission standard: Euro IV minimum;

Acceleration (0 - 100 kph): 16 secs maximum;

All the comfort, features and safety levels expected from a

class-leading car in this market segment;

Ability to be mass produced in the near to medium term;

Affordable purchase cost in mass production taking full account of

fuel savings and lower tax rates.

In addition, under the Powering Future Vehicles Strategy, transport

minister Tony McNulty announced £3m grants for bus manufacturers

through the Energy Savings Trust for the development of 150

demonstration low carbon buses at the Coach and Bus Show last month.

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