The proposed Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems would be built at the Science Park and is part of an ambitious development plan for the site.

It would build on links with the National Composites Centre and contribute to the Government’s Propulsion Nation vision, which aims to deliver world-leading technologies as part of its strategy to support the automotive sector.

Combining the expertise of academia and industry, the Institute would deliver world-leading advanced propulsion systems for the automotive sector. It is hoped that by working closely with SMEs and multinational companies, the proposed facility would enhance the UK’s competitive edge in the automotive sector on a global level.

Our Vice-President (Implementation) Steve Egan said: “The University is committed to the development of an applied and collaborative research facility to deliver transformational R and D for tomorrow’s clean efficient vehicles including electric, hybrid and alternatively fuelled cars.

“The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems would build on the achievements of our highly regarded Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) and exploit synergies at the Science Park with the National Composite Centre. It would also contribute to the Propulsion Nation overseen by the Advanced Propulsion Centre supported by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills.

“The University is already preparing the business case needed to ensure the project delivers on its undoubted potential. We are encouraged by the Government's support for manufacturing and for the automotive industry in particular and will play our part in ensuring the UK secures a leading global position.”