International Cooperation | NEVC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Imperial College London
On October 22, 2020, the National New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Center (referred to as "NEVC") and Imperial College London (referred to as "Imperial College") held a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony in Zibo, Shandong Province. The two parties will adhere to the principles of cooperation and openness to explore a collaboration in the field of new energy vehicles, through the integration of international and local high-quality resources, to build an international advanced technology innovation center, attract high-tech innovative talents and capital investment, and realize the translation of technological achievements and the implementation of industrial projects. Mr. Chengyin Yuan, Director and General Manager of the National Innovation Center, and Mr. Jianguo Lin, Academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor of Imperial College attended the signing ceremony.
After multiple rounds of discussion, NEVC and Imperial College London reached a school-level cooperation intention. The two parties have agreed to cooperate in the field of new energy passenger vehicles and commercial land vehicles in China, aiming to set up joint technology R&D and innovation programmes with Innovation Centers set up by NEVC. The initial plan is to cooperate in the fields of lightweight materials, hydrogen energy and fuel cells with the goal of exploring the translation of high-quality technological achievements in the new energies’ automobile industry.
The collaboration between the two parties will mainly focus on the exchange of ideas and fostering Chinese and British expertise and insights, establishing R&D and innovation programs with Innovation centers, holding New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Rally, accelerating innovation through incubator provision at the Innovation Centre in China, potential cooperation on attracting additional investment and fundraising, cooperation through NEVC’s intellectual property sharing platform, etc.
Imperial College London has a history of over 100 years. It is one of the most innovative universities in the world with top reputation in the international academic community. Its research standing means Imperial is recognized as one of the top three universities in the UK.
NEVC is the only national technology innovation center in the automotive industry approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology. NEVC focuses on the nine major technology R&D areas of intelligent networks, fuel cells, power batteries, electric power systems, drive, electronic control, lightweight, hybrid power, forward-looking technology, and vehicle integration. NEVC realizes the integrated development of technology R&D and capacity building through the construction of four major business platforms: open source vehicle technology development, cutting-edge technology testing and verification, intellectual property sharing, and venture capital incubation.