What we can do

Our capabilities

Find out more about our capabilities and facilities and
how we can deliver innovative solutions tailored to your business.

The Centre for Future Clean Mobility partners with businesses to develop low-emissions, high-efficiency integrated power systems for applications in the marine, off-highway, rail, defence, and energy sectors.

We have expertise in the following areas:

Powertrain design and test for optimal fuel efficiency, range and cost

We have expertise in design, assembly and test of hybrid and electric powertrains, across a range of vehicles and vessels, from passenger ferries, to road-rail vehicles, to all-terrain military vehicles. Facilities will allow us to test powertrains up to 0.5MW.

Government funding leveraging

We have experience with every stage of government funding leveraging from supply chain development, to bid writing, consortium development, lobbying and regulation compliance. We often lead and personally write multi-partner bids into Innovate UK, ISCF, EPSRC, MarRI-UK and other funders. You can count on us every step of the way.

Battery pack design and test

We have experience designing, building and testing battery packs, including repurposing old batteries for clean mobility applications.

Control system design and implementation

Our expertise includes system modelling, optimisation, and implementation, with the help of advanced AI functionalities.

Engineering into retrofit or OEM vehicles and vessels

Retrofitting already existing vehicles and vessels is often the most sustainable option. We have experience designing battery storage arrangements and motor installation based on the existing vehicle or vessel’s layout.

Autonomous systems

We have experience in the development of autonomous behaviours, robust and adaptive controllers, and monitoring schemes, for a wide range of applications. In addition to rigorous fundamental research, we have demonstrated enhancing the technology readiness levels of the theory and methods developed within the group on experimental platforms (manned/unmanned systems in land, air and sea).

Instrumented test facilities for full-scale or near full-scale powertrains

We have recently established the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, housed in a new laboratory on Exeter Science Park, which will become operational later this year. It will host facilities for design, build, test in-lab and in-service of large electric and hybrid powertrains. Among others, we will be able to test for emissions.

Access to partner facilities

We are part of the South West & Wales DER Centre of excellence, which other a wide variety of open access equipment for development of the next generation of Power Electronic Machines and Drives. The centre also collaborators with Devon based ERDF projects the Marine Business Technology Centre and IMPACT lab offering various access to equipment for Devon based SMEs. Our company collaborators have a wide range of test facilities from rail test tracks to test vessels and de-risked water testing areas.


If you want to find out what we can do to help your business and deliver innovative solutions tailored to your needs, please get in touch via email at futurecleanmobility@exeter.ac.uk.

Student projects

Every year through the University of Exeter we run multiple short student projects, allowing businesses to work with the next generation of engineers.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working alongside Jake Rigby, BMT Research and Development Lead, and Prof Chris Smith from the University during my fourth-year project. I’ve always been very passionate about sustainability and this project has been the perfect opportunity for me to integrate this passion into my studies in a professional capacity and personally contribute to the development of cutting-edge green technologies. The experience I gained and the connections I made have also given me a lot of confidence as a new graduate about to start my first job within the sustainability and renewables sector.
(Jessie Salter, fourth-year Engineering student)