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Warwick to be home to UK's advanced propulsion research

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has selected the University of Warwick as the site for its hub location, supporting the ten year, £1 billion industry and government commitment to the development of low carbon propulsion systems.

The central hub together with a national spoke structure will provide the UK automotive industry with resources and facilities to develop advanced propulsion systems and supply chains.

In doing so the aim of the APC, in partnership with industry, is to secure and grow over 30,000 UK jobs currently engaged in the research, development and production of vehicle powertrains as the industry transitions to a low carbon future for all modes of transportation.

APC chief executive Tony Pixton said: "The Advanced Propulsion Centre will support the UK automotive industry to become a global leader in the research, development and production of advanced propulsion systems.

"Through our hub and spoke network we will enable collaboration between SMEs, suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to create new powertrain solutions that build UK capability."

The APC has already committed more than £130 million of new investment into the UK economy since it opened for business earlier this year. By the end of the year an additional round of project funding will allocate up to a further £75 million as part of the rapid action being undertaken by the APC team.

The hub facility is due to open in the autumn."

The Advanced Propulsion Centre was created from the collaboration between industry and government through the Automotive Council.

The APC is a central pillar of the Industrial Strategy published by the council in 2013. The Automotive Council is co-chaired by the motor industry and government.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, co-chair of the Automotive Council said: "The government’s industrial strategy is backing the auto sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs."

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