Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS)

Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS)

Our £50m Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) is a Coventry University research centre, established to partner with the propulsion system supply chain and accelerate the progression to carbon-zero transport.


C-ALPS team

About the centre

C-ALPS works across the automotive, aerospace, and marine and rail industries to support these sectors create cleaner mobility and help develop the supply chain so that it can deliver these rapidly developing ‘enabling’ technologies.

Global engineering consultancy FEV is a founding partner, with its UK commercial operations co-located in the C-ALPS facility. This strategic research partnership aims to help guide and support cutting- edge academic research through industry collaboration and joint projects.

The C-ALPS team and FEV also work independently with customers/partners and this has already led to engagement with a number of other leading organisations within funded research projects.

The C-ALPS team focus on the four research areas of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities' E-Mobility research theme.

C-ALPS’ researchers and partners collaborate closely within this diverse and multi-disciplined research environment, focusing on creating integrated propulsion systems that meet both the needs of our partners and the planet.

The Centre also benefits from being part of Coventry University’s IFTC, with exciting opportunities being explored in joint research within the fields of advanced manufacturing and materials, cyber security, connected and autonomous vehicles and vehicle design.


C-ALPS is the most advanced test facility of its kind in the UK. This unique 40,000 sq. ft research and test centre in Coventry is continually evolving and currently incorporates:

  • State-of-the-art battery test facilities
  • Prototype cylindrical and pouch battery, supercapacitor cell prototyping line and materials laboratory
  • Electronics lab and power-semiconductor characterisation facility
  • Hydrogen research laboratory and vehicle workshops
  • Expertise and advice on commercialising research and development activity
  • EMC chamber
  • E-machines test bench
  • Independent facility able to work with multiple OEMs, tier 1s and SMEs
  • Route to project funding from the likes of Innovate UK, EPSRC and APC

This is alongside FEV’s commercial operations, which include:

  • Over £6m of the latest electrified powertrain and thermodynamic engine test beds
  • Test benches for turbochargers, catalytic converters and battery systems
  • Access to FEV’s comprehensive and unique databases and software

More than £20m of investment has been channelled into the world class building and into creating the infrastructure that will allow the centre’s test beds to safely create the conditions faced by modern day powertrains.

Work with Us

C-ALPS has a strong track record of working with business in a variety of ways including via the funded knowledge transfer programme, funded collaborative research and direct consultancy.

The centre has supported businesses by offering:

  • Applied research to support product development
  • Access to staff expertise and student skills
  • Support with funding applications

C-ALPS respects the need for client confidentiality and are therefore unable to comment on many of our specific projects. We would encourage interested parties to get in touch to discuss their requirements further.

Having successfully supervised a number of industry focused PhD projects for FEV, C-ALPS is now seeking proposals from other businesses in the e-mobility sector. You can tap into the world-class facilities and expertise available here at C-ALPS via a flexible approach towards funding with the aim of achieving the desired research outcomes.

C-ALPS is proud to be part of the KTP scheme, developing partnerships with regional and national businesses to increase their competitiveness, productivity and performance. This is a national programme, part-funded by Innovate UK, to help businesses improve their usage of knowledge, technology and skills. A KTP involves the recruitment of a graduate working on a unique and innovative project fully backed by university expertise.

The C-ALPS team also actively seek to participate in academic research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other Engineering fellowship award schemes. Industry partners can play an integral role in these projects and gain significantly from its outputs with opportunity to steer the project directions. 

The Centre has extensive experience of funding applications for collaborative projects. Therefore please get in touch with C-ALPS for further details of the processes of the applications and writing bids. 

C-ALPS is open to providing organisations deliverables through specific, industrially experienced staff members identified for their particular expertise against specific briefs from our clients. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Cell prototyping
  • Contact cell / module testing / characterisation
  • Cell instrumentation
  • Power device characterisation
  • EMC chamber testing
  • E-motor / drive testing

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