Low Carbon tech project: more details

February 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

The West Midlands-based Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project has launched at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire, this week. The £29million programme is part publicly-funded, by the Advantage West Midlands regional development agency (£9.5million), the European Regional Development fund (£9.5million) as well as by a £10million investment from industry partners.

All that money is to be invested in research programmes at seven partners: Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors, Ricardo, MIRA, Zytec and the Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick and Coventry Universities. There will be 15 different, separate ‘workstreams’: battery cells and packs; drive motors; power electronics; high-voltage electrical disstribution; auxilliary power units; vehicle supervisory control; lightweight structures; vehicle dynamics and traction control; high-efficiency HVAC  (ventilation) and system cooling; reduction of parasitic losses; waste enery and energy storage; aerodynamic performance; human-machine interfaces; optimised electric vehicle packaging and development of a new large saloon car.

The LCVTP wants the first funded prototypes to be ready by 2012, and manufacturing of the technologies by 2013 or 2014. Tata Motors is expected to be the first partner to put a LCVTP-funded car on the roads: its Indica Vista electric car (pictured), modified for Europe, is due on sale in the UK later this year.

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