YASA receives £7M R&D grant from Advanced Propulsion Centre

7 March 2024

YASA is delighted to announce we have received a new grant of over £7M from the Advanced Propulsion Centre, as part of a project to develop a high-frequency capable high voltage dual inverter with a pioneering dual-redundant braking system.

This is part of the ultimate aim to enable significant weight and cost savings whilst increasing regenerative braking potential in battery electric vehicles (BEVs). This project addresses key market demands for ever increasing BEV performance and efficiency, whilst also creating a validated safety case, which does not currently exist.

The developed inverter system will be integrated closer to motors, which will advance the functional safety, performance and reliability of high-performance dual drive vehicle powertrains. The project will enable the realisation of next generation electric-vehicle motor technologies. These complimentary and innovative technologies will together enable a step change in vehicle design and significant performance.


YASA have partnered with semiconductor specialists Cambridge GaN Devices, and HORIBA MIRA,and over the next 2 years, Project Re-Gen perfectly embodies world-class UK-based innovation, anchoring production expertise in the UK with a strong immediate route to market and great future expansion opportunities, delivered by a strong consortium with significant growth potential. Successful delivery will put the UK at the forefront of BEV powertrains for many years and contribute to the UK's reputation as an innovative and industry-leading place to do business.

This grant marks yet another collaboration for YASA with the APC,  which, through research and engagement, support the UK Government to deliver its aspiration for net-zero road transport while growing the UK’s automotive sector creating jobs and growth. The APC provides insight that drives early-stage R&D funding that takes proof of concepts to a marketable place and strategic insight that drives industrialisation of the best technology types to benefit the UK.

Founder and CTO, Dr Tim Woolmer said:

"We are delighted once again to be recognised by APC for YASA’s ongoing commitment to the development of Net-Zero automotive technology. This award will be fundamental to our work in expanding our core expertise to incorporate power electronics and safety systems, enabling new architectures for electric cars of the future. We are thrilled to be working alongside Horiba MIRA and Cambridge GAN Devices to bring this exciting development to the market in the coming years”

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