Motor Vehicles: Petrol Alternatives

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage car manufacturers to manufacture cars powered by road fuel gases for the UK market.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State for Portsmouth

We want the UK to be at the forefront of the design, development, manufacture and use of low emission vehicles, delivering economic growth opportunities and contributing to the decarbonisation of road transport.

As part of the Automotive Industrial Strategy, Government and industry will invest about £1 billion over the next 10 years in an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to research, develop and commercialise the next generation of low carbon technologies. The APC is technology neutral, so can support new road fuel gas technologies if they offer significant low carbon advantages. This investment will secure up to 30,000 jobs. The Government will allocate £100 million for Ultra low emission vehicle-specific research and development for the period 2015-20 as part of the £500 million OLEV package. This represents an increase of over 20% in support from the previous package (which was £82 million over the period 2010-15).

We have also allocated £4 million to ensure the UK has the gas refuelling facilities HGVs need to support our freight and logistics operators in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their business.

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