Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
Transitioning towards Zero Emission Vehicles: feasibility studies
Under this scheme, UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7million to develop on-vehicle solutions that address challenges associated with the transition to zero emission vehicles. Funding is from
the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Competition opens: Monday 15 March 2021
Competition closes: Wednesday 21 April 2021 11:00am
- SCOPE -
HOW TO APPLY -
(COMPETITION) SCOPE - YOUR ON-VEHICLE PROPOSAL
The aim of this competition is to fund innovative on-vehicle solutions that support the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) in line with the Government’s transport decarbonisation ambitions.
Your project must offer a solution that addresses one or more of the challenges associated with increasing the uptake in zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), including:
- improve ZEV range capability
- increase adoption of small commercial ZEVs
- support transition to zero emission for special use vehicles
- improve ZEV user experience
- improve sustainability of ZEV
- develop on-vehicle technologies that deliver zero tailpipe emissions, speeding up their introduction to the market
justify how the technology improves overall vehicle efficiency and lifecycle CO2 emissions
validate the technology in a relevant environment, for example through a development mule or adapted current production vehicle for higher maturity technologies
where applicable, define appropriate representative real-world operating conditions, and a suitable comparator technology or vehicle against which the project will measure the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) baseline and improvements
deliver zero emission vehicles technologies at a lower cost than today without compromising their safety or capability
provide evidence that the durability, integrity, and safety of any technology proposed is in line with industry and consumer expectations
show that you can realistically produce the technology at a price the market is willing to pay when commercialising
show how the future supply chain will be developed.
consider approach to manufacturing including at the target scale and using advanced approaches
show a clear route to market including appropriate business models to exploit the technology commercially
show a reduction of the environmental impact of the technology including resource efficiency and end of life options such as recycling, remanufacturing or reuse
identify an appropriate end customer(s) or route to commercialisation
Technology transfer projects from other transport or energy sectors are welcome.
Projects can cover both niche and mainstream on-road vehicles under 3.5tonnes in categories L (mopeds and motorcycles only), M (passenger) and N (goods). Special use vehicles such as emergency vehicles (e.g.
ambulances and fire engines), refuse collection vehicles, and recreational vehicles (e.g. motorhomes) will also be in scope.
If you are unsure whether your vehicle is included in the special use vehicles category, please contact
with a description of the vehicle.
We want to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories. OZEV and Innovate UK reserve the right to prioritise projects within specific themes where necessary.
Your application must focus on at least one of the following challenges.
You must clearly identify the primary challenge for assessment purposes. Your solution can cover several challenges but will be assessed against the primary challenge selected.
Examples of each challenge are in ‘Supporting
Challenge 1 – Improve ZEV range capability
Advances in zero emission on-vehicle technologies to improve EV range anxiety by enabling increased vehicle range, efficiency or capability.
Challenge 2 – Increase adoption of small commercial ZEVs
Tackling on vehicle technological challenges associated with under 3.5tonne commercial vehicles, including fleets, to improve operational performance or total cost of ownership.
Challenge 3 – Support transition to zero emission for special use vehicles
Technological solutions for special use vehicles, such as emergency
vehicles, which are technically challenging but need to make the transition to zero.
- Improve ZEV user experience
Technologies which improve ZEV user experience by for example improving mobility, road-side recovery or their use in a recreational setting.
- Improve sustainability of ZEV
Solutions that enable battery recycling facilities.
We will fund industrial research and experimental development projects as defined in the guidance on categories of research.
THE OZEVs WILL NOT FUND
We are not funding:
- projects that do not respond to one of the 5 specific challenges
projects which primarily focus on maritime, rail or aviation sector
projects that focus purely on battery development or PEMD supply chain
internal combustion engine projects
projects which address challenges with hybrid vehicles which include a non- zero emission propulsion
personal mobility scooters or similar
off-highway lightweight 4x4 or recreational vehicles such as buggies and quads.
factory based vehicles, including forklift trucks
business as usual projects
zero carbon fuels or their combustion
projects for on-highway and off-highway vehicles category N (> 3.5tonnes) and O (trailers for HGVs), T (agricultural), G (off-road) vehicles
projects dependent on export performance
projects dependent on domestic inputs usage
Service stations like
that above, are not needed for the
proposed onboard range extending kits for
trucks and vans, but in the longer term such off-board facilities could
provide the infrastructure solution to comply with the Automated and
Electric Vehicles Act 2018.
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