The UK government has launched a £20 million research and development competition to promote innovations in zero-emission vehicles.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “Investing in innovation is crucial in decarbonising transport, which is why I’m delighted to see creative zero-emission projects across the UK come to life.

“The funding will help harness some of the brightest talent in the UK tech industry, encouraging businesses to become global leaders in EV innovation, creating jobs and accelerating us towards our net-zero ambitions.

The project is being run through the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK. Simon Edmonds, deputy executive chair and chief business officer, Innovate UK said, “Innovations to increase the uptake of zero-emission vehicles will make our air cleaner while supporting innovative UK businesses and we urge those innovators with bright ideas to apply for this vital funding.”