£50m facility launched in drive for cleaner transport

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(L to R rear:) Dr Norbert Alt (FEV), Steve Parker (Coventry University), Professor Bernard Biermann (FEV), Jorn Behrenroth (FEV) and Carl Perrin (Coventry University)
(L to R front:) Professor Stefan Pischinger (FEV), Richard Harrington (Minister for Business and Industry) and Professor Richard Dashwood (Coventry University)


A £50m facility for creating cleaner transport technology has opened in Coventry.

The Centre for Advanced Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) aims to harness academic and commercial expertise for the development of the next generation of electric, hybrid and combustion engines. The project comes as a collaboration between Coventry University and engineering specialist FEV Group.

The centre, located on Cheetah Way, will house some of the most advanced internal combustion and electrification test bed facilities currently available in the UK, creating a dedicated resource for testing current and future powertrain solutions.

The facilities will be available to OEMs, SMEs in the supply chain, and technology partners keen to accelerate the creation of new propulsion systems for use across the automotive, aerospace, marine and rail sectors.

Three professors have been recruited to lead the research team, bringing experience and knowledge in battery storage, power electronics and electric machines.

36 new jobs will be created initially, with a number of apprentices and graduates from Coventry University already appointed.

Professor Richard Dashwood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, said: “This collaboration is very encouraging news and a welcome boost for the UK automotive industry. We have a real opportunity for the country to lead the rest of the world when it comes to developing low carbon propulsion systems and C-ALPS has a major role to play in making this happen.”

He added: “It’s all about bringing the best of both worlds together, using the expertise and track record of FEV Group in engineering consultancy and combining it with the academic knowledge of our professors to create a real centre of excellence that can attract funding, build capacity in the supply chain and, importantly, offer commercial testing services to car makers.

“Automotive is naturally the first target, but the technology will also be available to support the evolution of other sectors.”

FEV UK moved into the new facility in January. It will serve as its UK Test Centre.

The C-ALPS centre was designed by architects Broadway Malyan and built by Willmott Dixon.

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