A company making tractors that run on hydrogen made on-farm from renewables has received a share of £11 million in funding.

Dolphin N2 is one of 12 manufacturing projects to receive government grant funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), to accelerate product development in the UK.

With industry match-funding, projects will receive a total of £22.7 million to develop innovative automotive products within 12 months.

Other winners include White Motorcycle Concepts, which is developing a fully operational, rapid-charge first responder motorcycle for use by emergency services, and Wrightbus which is accelerating the development of zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell electric coaches.

“From farm tractors fuelled by hydrogen to rapid-charge first responder motorcycles, these projects receiving funding today show we are not short of innovators in this country,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt said.

“By supporting growth in the industries of the future, including through better regulation, we are delivering on our plan to get the economy growing and make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business.”

Minister for Industry and Economic Security Nusrat Ghani added: “The UK automotive sector is at the cutting edge of exploiting innovative technologies. These have the potential to create jobs, grow the economy and accelerate how we reach net-zero.

“This package of funding will help industry and government work together and take decisive action in targeting areas where the UK is leading the way.

“We are providing over £50 million of government funding to support 30 groundbreaking projects. This government has shown time and time again that we are committed to creating the right conditions to make the UK the best location in the world to manufacture.”