In the press: Zero emission ambulance project wins funding

An ambulance project that will be tested in Sheffield is among those that are set to benefit from £25m of government investment to develop ground-breaking zero emission technologies for new vehicles.

The investment is a part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, and part of wider efforts towards developing a net zero carbon economy.

In total, 22 companies across the country have been awarded part of the £25m fund.

Winning projects include ZERRO (Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations Ambulance), a project to develop an operational prototype zero emission ambulance for Yorkshire Ambulance Service using a fuel cell electric range extension. The demonstration prototype will be tested around the Sheffield area, where the hydrogen will be sourced at publicly available stations.

Also include are an initiative that will add an electric drive axle to a conventional diesel-powered truck, creating a hybrid engine which will store and reuse the electrical energy on the trailer; a research and development project to replace metals with new materials using recycled carbon fibres from aviation waste; and a feasibility study into the potential of hydrogen fuel cell technology as a zero-emission solution for utility and off-road vehicles.

Led by Triumph Motorcycles, another project to develop electric motorcycle technology adds motorsport and electrification experience from Williams Advanced Engineering, propulsion innovation from Integral Powertrain and Warwick Manufacturing Group’s success integrating academic research with public and private sector projects.

Future of mobility minister Jesse Norman said: "The government continues to invest in technologies and innovation that help the UK to a zero emission future. This is a central part of our Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.

"It is great to see such enthusiasm and imagination from industry, as we work together with them to realise the environmental, health and wellbeing benefits of greener transport."

Business secretary Greg Clark added: "We are committed to ensuring the UK continues to develop its world-leading reputation for excellence in the design and manufacturing of greener transport.

"These exciting new projects, from Liverpool to Slough, are powering the future of zero emission vehicles and through our modern Industrial Strategy.

"Investments like these will also enable us to realise our commitment for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040."

Other lead organisations include Cheshire-based Clairvaux Ltd, Drive System Design in Leamington Spa, Buckingham's D2H Engineering Services, Oakham-based Technelec, Liverpool-based Ulemco, Hieta Technologies of Bristol, Microsemi Semiconductor (Bristol), Norwich-based Equipmake, Swindon-based Pulse Power And Measurement, Compound Semiconductor Centre of Cardiff, Lindley-based Vocis, Sunderland's Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK), Advanced Electric Machines Research in Washington, and  Zhuzhou Crrc Times Electric Uk Innovation Center in Lincoln.