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ISCF Grand Challenge: Future of mobility

We will become a world leader in the way people, goods and services move.

ISCF Grand Challenge: Future of mobility

We will become a world leader in shaping the future of mobility. We are on the cusp of a profound change in how we move people, goods and services around our towns, cities and countryside. This is driven by extraordinary innovation in engineering, technology and business models.


The UK’s road and rail network could dramatically reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, congestion could be reduced through higher-density use of road space enabled by automated vehicles, and mobility could be available when we want it, where we want it and how we want it.


We will look for opportunities to improve customers’ experience, drive efficiency and enable people to move around more freely.





Put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, with all new cars and vans effectively zero emission by 2040.


How we get around is going to change significantly in the future. New technologies, such as zero emission vehicles and self-driving cars, are improving transport to make it safer, cleaner and better connected.


This mission aims to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission vehicles and sets an ambition for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. This will help improve the air we breathe, support the shift to clean growth, and help the UK seize new economic opportunities.


We are backing this mission with:


  • support for innovation in clean ways of powering vehicles, including £1 billion over 10 years for development of low carbon powertrains through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, and £246 million for the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop safe, cost-effective and high-performance batteries for electric vehicles
  • challenges to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of power electronics, machines and drives
  • grants to help people buy ultra low emission vehicles, as part of a £1.5 billion investment between 2015 and 2021 to support the growth of this market
  • investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen vehicle refuelling stations
  • an Automotive Sector Deal setting out how government and industry will work together to achieve this strategic vision


Our zero emission road transport strategy will set out in more detail the government approach to the transition to zero emission road transport.


For details on how the ISCF is working with aviation, please see the Future Flight Challenge.


For details on how the ISCF is working in Power Electronics, Motors and Drives, please see the Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge.

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Funding opportunities

Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 1 (Temporary Framework)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.