The British Government is launching a £10 million prize for innovation in battery design for the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles.
The competition will open for bids in April with a winner announced in the summer.
Announcing the prize Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "The challenge is to draw on the UK's world-class scientific research and develop a battery which is at the cutting edge of innovation, commercially viable and ready to be put into production.
"The competition will be open to all UK research establishments, working together with vehicle manufacturers based over here in the UK."
Transport campaigner Quentin Willson, who has been involved in designing the prize, said: "The UK should lead the world in cutting-edge ULEV battery technology and this initiative will help create jobs, establish a whole new industry and boost GDP. I totally support this prize for the best in UK battery innovation."