Ministers will commit £36.7m to the development of electric cars, ships and planes in a bid to accelerate the push towards net zero carbon emissions. Four “centres of excellence” dedicated to research on how best to build green machines will be set up in North-East England, the East Midlands, Scotland and Wales. And government money will also go to private-sector projects aiming to make it easier to replace petrol-powered vehicles with electric versions. Of the money announced, a one-off fund of £30m will go to the creation of centres of excellence co-ordinated by the University of Newcastle and based in Newport, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Sunderland. They will bring together experts to research how to make electric planes, ships and cars – as well as the components for them – more cheaply and efficiently using digital manufacturing techniques.
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