The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

Delivering future generations of clean and efficient vehicles.

An architect's design of the IAAPS facility

An architect's design of the IAAPS facility

The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is set to open in 2020 and will be a new research and innovation facility based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It will support global automotive industries to deliver future generations of advanced propulsion systems and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The state-of-the-art equipment and space will allow detailed systems-level research to be conducted including whole vehicle analysis under real-world driving conditions. The facility will be designed for the future, enabling deep insights into the complex nature of transitioning to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. This will include the continued electrification of vehicles, as well as unique layouts and configurations of the propulsion system for driverless cars.

IAAPS are creating a facility which is open to all, supporting academics, automotive industry partners and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with access to a world-class research setup and people.

This will encourage greater collaboration and the sharing of expertise across the sector, as well as creating a space for transformational research. It is especially important that we support the exciting innovations of SMEs, as these high-growth, small businesses are vital to the UK economy.

The Government’s £1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) investment in 2013 to deliver the ‘Propulsion Nation’ shows the intention to drive investment in UK automotive propulsion and IAAPS will support this in its purpose and activities.

IAAPS will help the UK maintain and expand its global position within the automotive sector.

For further information and detail about what the facility will offer, read the full story on the University of Bath IAAPS page here:

IAAPS facility


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