Last week’s Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) event at Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire showcased a range of innovative technology projects, a large number of which focused on efficient and experimental powertrain technology.

What struck me most is the way that the challenges of meeting increasingly strict emissions standards and developing the technology for production are encouraging major car companies to forge extensive collaborations with smaller specialist firms.

At LCV, for example, Jaguar Land Rover announced the new two-year Evoque_e project which that will research hybrid and battery-electric vehicle technology. The collaboration aims to design, develop and build three next-generation Evoque-based concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV), a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).