announced today by green fuels minister David Jamieson.
The announcement comes on the same day as the publication of the
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
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
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 (www.dft.gov.uk).
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.