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GORDON MURRAY DESIGN PARTNERS WITH INNOVATE UK TO REVEAL MOTIV-e

Professor Gordon Murray will today (Wed 10 September) team up with Innovate UK Chief Executive Iain Gray CBE to reveal Yamaha’s Formula One inspired MOTIV.e car to UK audiences at LCV ’14, being held this week at Millbrook.

The all-electric car, first unveiled to the world at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, will emerge from its covers at 1100 on Wednesday 10 September on the Innovate UK stand in Hall 1 at the CENEX event. 

This directly follows the event’s opening main plenary session at which Iain Gray will deliver one of the three keynote addresses.

Yamaha Motor Company chose Gordon Murray Design to work in partnership with the design and development of MOTIV.e which utilises Gordon Murray Design's revolutionary iStream® manufacturing technology - iStream® incorporates Formula One composite technology and delivers new levels of lightweight, safety, vehicle dynamics and manufacturing flexibility alongside low environmental impact.

Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, first invested in MOTIV.e’s underlying iStream® and related technology in 2011 which formed part of a £9 million investment from its predecessor the T.27.

Innovate UK is a major exhibitor at LCV ’14 (as in previous years), demonstrating how its Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform continues to work with government and industry to identify the best areas in the sector that need support.

A key feature of Innovate UK’s presence this year will demonstrating how some of its supported innovations by SMEs have made it all the way through the R&D programme and are now featuring in vehicles on our roads today.

Innovate UK are partnering with two influential government-backed organisations at the show to demonstrate the full innovation journey, from concept and investment through to late stage research and prototype manufacture.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK is an industry wide collaboration of innovators and producers of low carbon propulsion systems.  It facilitates partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market.  The government and industry have each committed to provide £500 million to the APC during its 10 year programme.

The Proving Factory is a unique initiative in the automotive sector which ‘de-risks’ the process of industrialising and manufacturing proving volumes of advanced propulsion technologies for vehicle manufacturers.  By delivering Original Equipment Manufacturer orders for prototypes, development projects and production, it allows small, innovative technology developers to enter the supply chain. Launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable in early 2013 and supported through funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), The Proving Factory is now open for business and will begin production of the first advanced technologies in early 2015.

About Cenex LCV

LCV is the UK's National Low Carbon Vehicle Event