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Vehicles: Electric Power

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will accelerate programmes on research on fully performing electric motor vehicles. [HL887]

An industry-wide technology roadmap plotting the pathways to ultra-low-carbon including electric vehicles is being developed and finalised by the New Automotive Innovation Growth Team (NAIGT). Government are supporting the associated research agenda to accelerate their market introduction through the Technology Strategy Board-led low-carbon vehicle innovation platform, worth over £100 million of public sector support.

Under the innovation platform, a £10 million research competition has recently been announced for an ultra-low-carbon vehicle demonstrators targeting electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to be on the road late 2009/early 2010, and a further £10 million ultra-efficient vehicle systems competition has also been announced to assist in the future practical development of commercially viable next generation electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric road vehicles.

In addition to support provided through the innovation platform, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council continues to work with academe and industry to support high quality research through its programmes and responsive mode funding for underpinning research on battery technology, electric motors and control systems.