The £16.6m grant is for research and development of a more efficient transmission system, which will create an initial 60 brand new R&D jobs with the potential for nearly 200 jobs overall if the research is successful.
The move comes as the Chancellor pushes his strategy to make the Midlands an ‘Engine for Growth’ with the funding being matched by private investors, which brings the overall project total to over £33m.
Emissions are high on the agenda for the government as they try to adhere to the EU’s stringent new regulations. The grant comes as part of the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a 10-year £1bn partnership between the government and the automotive industry that aims to bring innovators and producers of low carbon propulsion systems together.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: ‘Collaborative research like this is hugely beneficial for all partners including academia, the supply chain and the automotive industry.
‘The collaborative research programmes we lead bring together some of the best engineering minds in the UK and allow us to multiply the effect of our investment and nurture UK-based technology investment. This approach is helping to develop the skills and technologies that will make the UK even more competitive.’
Here’s a video of George getting ‘stuck in’ at JLR.