Warwick, UK, 21 June 2022 – The University of Warwick, Advanced Propulsion Centre, and Zenzic have joined the Plug and Play UK’s Mobility programme, which launches today with a kick-off event at Jaguar Land Rover’s research collaboration hub at the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC). The University of Warwick becomes the programme’s founding academic partner.
Recently created by global innovation platform and prolific early-stage investor Plug and Play, alongside founding partner Jaguar Land Rover, Plug and Play UK’s Mobility programme will create an innovation hub that is the first of its kind in the UK. The programme will build an ecosystem of startups and scaleups, corporates, investors, and academia to explore the challenges and solutions that will define a sustainable future for the mobility sector, create jobs, and help shape the digital economy.
As one of the UK’s leading research-led universities, the University of Warwick will play a pivotal role within the programme, including:
- Showcasing new research that is ready to be commercialised through licencing, startups, and spinouts;
- Showcasing its own innovation ecosystem, the Warwick Innovation District; and
- Engaging with students as the next generation of innovators, startup founders, and business leaders.
Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said: “Becoming the founding academic partner to Plug and Play UK’s Mobility programme, demonstrates our commitment to cutting-edge research and long-term commercial partnerships. We will bring our rigorous approach and globally leading thinking to support exciting new startups both in the West Midlands and further afield.”
The Advanced Propulsion Centre provides funding and support to organisations building cutting-edge technologies, with the mission to achieve green transport. It also manages the £1 billion Automotive Transformation Fund, which invests in ventures contributing to the development of a high-value end-to-end electrified automotive supply chain in the UK.
Ian Constance, CEO at The Advanced Propulsion Centre, said: “This initiative will encourage collaboration and innovation to grow, bringing together UK-based automotive and mobility-related organisations, investors, and the wider ecosystem. We hope it offers opportunities for development in products and processes to the corporate partners signed up, as well as providing a much-needed boost for tech startups to accelerate their progress.”
Zenzic brings together industry, Government and academia to accelerate the development of the UK’s connected and self-driving vehicle ecosystem. It already collaborates with Plug and Play to run the CAM Scale-Up programme, which offers selected startups and SMEs opportunities to develop innovative connected and autonomous mobility solutions at pace.
The Plug and Play UK Mobility programme will interact with other mobility-focused Plug and Play programmes in locations around the world, including Silicon Valley, Detroit, Stuttgart, Modena, Beijing, and Shanghai, which support more than 70 mobility partners. – including major automotive OEMs such as Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Porsche.
Kieran Borrett, Director of Plug and Play UK, said: “The innovation required to deliver an economically and environmentally sustainable future for mobility - and one that also delivers high-quality customer experiences - will depend on collaboration between a broad spectrum of stakeholders from across the private and public sectors, from OEMs to local and central government, academia to investors, and of course innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups. With the University of Warwick, the Advanced Propulsion Centre, and Zenzic joining founding partner Jaguar Land Rover as part of our Mobility programme, we’ll be launching later this month with an impressive group of collaborators - and there will be more to come!”
Plug and Play UK’s Mobility programme will leverage the National Automotive Innovation Centre - located at the University of Warwick - for key programme elements, alongside other sites according to partners’ needs. Speaking ahead of the kick-off event today at the NAIC. François Dossa, Executive Director, Strategy & Sustainability at Jaguar Land Rover, said:“The University of Warwick offered unrivalled academic expertise in this sector, and by collaborating with them through Plug and Play UK’s Mobility programme we will be able to develop the technologies of the future. The hub’s home at the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) is strategically close to our key research, engineering, and manufacturing sites, which will enable us to foster a true Open Innovation culture across the entire business. Alongside the new partners announced today we will help shape the future of mobility for our customers and beyond.”
Further partners to the programme will be announced soon.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 40+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we've invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/.
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About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is reimagining the future of modern luxury by design through its distinct British brands.
Our current model range embraces fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles, as well as the latest diesel and petrol engines. Our class-leading Jaguars and Land Rovers are in demand around the world and in Fiscal 2020/21 we sold 439,588 vehicles in 127 countries. Land Rover is the global leader of luxury SUVs through its three families of Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. Jaguar is the first ever brand to offer a premium all-electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE.
At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and a Battery Assembly Centre in the UK. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. Three of our seven technology hubs are in the UK – Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London – with additional sites in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Shanghai, China.
Central to our Reimagine strategy is the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands with two clear, distinct personalities. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade. This marks the start of the company’s journey to become a net zero carbon business across its supply chain, products and operations by 2039.
To help the company meet this objective, Jaguar Land Rover has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its operations by 46 per cent, and across its value chains by 54 per cent, by 2030. The goals, which are approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), confirm the company’s pathway to a 1.5°C emissions reduction in line with the Paris Agreement.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors since 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has unrivalled access to leading global players in technology and sustainability within the wider Tata Group.
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About the Advanced Propulsion Centre
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) collaborates with UK government, the automotive industry and academia to accelerate the industrialisation of technologies, supporting the transition to deliver net-zero emission vehicles.
Since its foundation in 2013, APC has funded 170 low-carbon projects involving 402 partners, working with companies of all sizes, and has helped to create or safeguard nearly 50,000 jobs in the UK. The technologies developed in these projects are projected to save over 288 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing the lifetime emissions from 12 million cars.
With its deep sector expertise and cutting-edge knowledge of new propulsion technologies, APC’s role in building and advising project consortia helps projects start more quickly and deliver increased value. In the longer term, its work to drive innovation and encourage collaboration is building the foundations for a successful and sustainable UK automotive industry.
In 2019 the UK government committed the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) to accelerate the development of a net-zero vehicle supply chain, enabling UK-based manufacturers to serve global markets. ATF investments are awarded through the APC to support strategically important UK capital and R&D investments that will enable companies involved in batteries, motors and drives, power electronics, fuel cells, recycling, and associated supply chains to anchor their future.
For more information go to apcuk.co.uk or follow us @theapcuk on Twitter and Advanced Propulsion Centre UK on LinkedIn.
Zenzic brings together government, academia, innovators, and developers of intelligent mobility solutions in a collaborative partnership. It facilitates and supports the acceleration of the UK’s emerging connected and autonomous vehicle sector within the global transport ecosystem with resources to enable profitable growth.