About the Centre

The Centre for Future Clean Mobility (CFCM) was established with £2M of funding for equipment from the Heart of the South West LEP in 2021.

The Centre for Future Clean Mobility (CFCM) at the University of Exeter is the leading European research centre focussing on clean powertrains. CFCM specialises in design, assembly and test of complex electrified powertrains, optimised for performance, endurance and total cost of ownership. This includes optimised control strategies and hardware systems, tested in the loop on powertrains under test in our dynamometer facility.

Innovate UK KTP Awards

Top 3 Finalist of the Best Knowledge Transfer Partnersgip for CFCM'S project with SC Group

Innovate UK KTP Awards

Winner of Business Impact and Transformation Award for Partnership with SC Group

The Engineer's Collaborate to Innovate Awards

Runner up in Collaborate to Innovate Awards in the Aerospace and Defence Category

Innovate UK KTP Awards

Winner of Business Impact and Transformation Award for Partnership with SC Group

Marine Innovation Celebration Event

Winner of Impact on Devon Award - River Exe Café for their work with CFCM

Winner of Innovation Award - Lynch Motors for their work with CFCM

CFCM has a rich history in driving innovation in clean powertrains for various sectors including maritime, defence, rail, and off-highway. Its collaborative efforts involve regional SMEs like Lynch Electric Motors, as well as regional, national, and multinational businesses such as Supacat, Quattro Group, Babcock, and Rolls-Royce. 

Additionally, the Centre partners with international governmental and third sector organisations like the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency. The Centre’s close collaboration with its partners spans from providing fundamental innovation support to powertrain prototyping and testing, all the way to product development.

Professor Lisa Roberts

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter

“As a research intensive University, one of our key missions is to work with our partners to lead meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis. CFCM are going beyond borders and boundaries to create innovative solutions to make our roads, rail, sea, and air zero carbon. Partnering with businesses and organisations, their work is truly making a difference to the future of our planet and importantly, fuelling economic growth at the same time.”

Press releases

Large hydrogen plant proposed at Devon green energy hub (2023)

Professor Chris Smith: Green Maritime Ambitions Need Greater Focus (2023)

Dozens of firms join ‘Clean Mobility’ Workshop (2023)

The Power of Partnerships (2023)

The Growth of Engineering skills driven by the desire for a clean planet (2022)

Where’s my silent, all-electric garbage truck? (2022)

Quattro KTP rated ‘Outstanding’ for Hybridisation with University of Exeter (2021)

UK’s first electric ferry launches in Plymouth (2020)

UK Company pioneers autonomous hybrid vehicle for extreme off road operations (2019)

The Growth of Engineering skills driven by the  desire for a clean planet (2022)


Read publications from our researchers at the Centre For Future Clean Mobility.

Decision Support System (DSS) for Hierarchical Allocation of Resources and Tasks for Disaster Management (July 2022)

Modelling and analysis of Parkinsonian gait (2023)

Cyclone Preparedness, Rescue Operations and Damage Assessment using UAVs (March 2022)

Detection of Cyber-Attacks in Automotive Traffic Using Macroscopic Models and Gaussian Processes

Model Based Moving Horizon Optimal Modes-Switch Schedule in Hybrid Powertrains for Marine Applications (May 2022)

Sliding Mode Observer-Based Finite Time Control Scheme for Frequency Regulation and Economic Dispatch in Power Grids (July 2021)

Adaptive dual-layer super-twisting sliding mode observers to reconstruct and mitigate disturbances and communication attacks in power networks (July 2021)

Finite-Time Output Parameter Estimation for a Class of Nonlinear Systems (June 2022)