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University of Bath to receive £1.2m of funding to develop greener cars

The University of Bath’s Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) will receive £1.2 million to fund its groundbreaking automotive research. The funding comes as part of a £133 million UK government and industry investment in the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), a joint industry and government body set up by the Automotive Council.

“The next generation of cars, buses and diggers will be powered by radically different technologies and I want them to be developed here in Britain,” said UK Business Secretary Vince Cable of the APC-led investment projects. ”Over the last few decades the British car industry has been transformed and today a new vehicle rolls off a UK production line every 20 seconds. To capitalize on the success of our motor industry these projects will be the first of many to receive funding from the new £1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre, which we set up to turn technologies into products. The government’s industrial strategy is giving business the confidence to invest, securing high-skilled, long-term jobs and creating a stronger economy.”

Situated in the University of Bath’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, the PVRC has been awarded £1.2 million to carry out research as one of Ford’s project partners on the ACTIVE project. ACTIVE is centered on Ford’s 1-liter EcoBoost Engine.
The project will accelerate the introduction of future generation low-carbon technologies with the target of making substantial CO2 savings, including advanced turbocharging, advanced combustion system development and variable valvetrain technology.

Professor Gary Hawley, dean of the University of Bath’s Faculty of Engineering and Design and director of the PVRC, attended the meeting with Vince Cable and said: “Our involvement in this project continues the high-impact contribution that we made to the development of the EcoBoost engine and builds on our unique capability to emulate the performance and behavior of complex technologies and systems to drive down the CO2 footprint of car engines.”

28 May 2014


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