The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) will create and develop novel technologies to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. As well as housing work on the latest advances in automotive technology, the NAIC will help develop a stronger supplier base in the UK.
£150 million is being invested in the NAIC and its research activities through a long-term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the University of Warwick, along with an expanding network of supplier companies. The UK government (Higher Education Funding Council England) has also provided £15 million of funding to support the capital project.
NAIC was officially opened by Prince Charles on 18 February 2020 during which “Project Vector” was announced. It will produce an advanced, flexible, multi-use electric vehicle that is “autonomy-ready” according to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The concept was developed at NAIC.
“We believe in creating a different tomorrow for mobility,” JLR CEO Prof Sir Ralf Speth tweeted. “A future of zero emissions, zero congestion and zero accidents. We call it Destination Zero and the National Automotive Innovation Centre will make sure we get there.”
Project Vector has been developed as a spin-off start-up model by JLR, which is ready for its market flotation in coming months to move the development of the model to the next stage for it to be ready to pilot on the streets by late next year.
“The compact, flexible vehicle concept measures just four metres in length and is designed for the city, packaging all its battery and drivetrain components into a flat floor, to allow a variety of uses. The revolutionary interior cabin space allows seating configurations for private, or shared use and even the opportunity for commercial applications, such as last mile deliveries,” JLR said.
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