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Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has invested in supporting UK car manufacturers develop green and hybrid car technologies in the last year; and what plans he has for the future allocation of funds for this purpose.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government has made provision of over £400 million for measures to promote the uptake of ultra-low carbon vehicles in the UK. This includes approximately £80 million supporting research and development activities; £30 million for the installation of infrastructure; and £300 million to support consumer incentives for the life of the Parliament.

BIS, with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles has to date invested over £150 million in more than 100 major automotive research, development and validation projects under the TSB's Low Carbon Innovation Platform which has been more than matched with around £200 million of private sector funding. In addition, TSB recently announced £7.5 million funding for five major research and development projects which could speed-up the adoption of energy systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

At the Low Carbon Vehicle 2012 event on 5 September 2012, I announced £9 million of new funding to support the creation of an Energy Storage Centre based at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Further competitions under the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform are under consideration which would likely be formulated around strategic CO2 reduction technologies identified by the Automotive Council.

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