centre of excellence

for low carbon and fuel cell technologies

The Niche Vehicle Research & Development Programme (NVN)

Morgan 3 Wheeler launched Geneva 2011The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 100 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology companies and supply chain. Established in 2005, the Network is free to join and all events free to attend.  Any relevant company can apply but members must be accepted by the NVN Executive and meet the membership criteria. Email us for more details

Supported by the Technology Strategy Board, the Office for Low Emission Vehicle and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills the Niche Vehicle R&D Programme provides support and grant funding to groups of UK companies active in the niche vehicle sector.

It promotes the development and application of new technology, by bringing together independent vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, automotive technology companies and HEIs, to collaborate on the innovative application of technologies in low-volume vehicle production.  Since its inception in 2008, the programme has been a catalyst for over 104 different business collaborations and has assisted the development of 11 prototype vehicles and 3 process improvement projects. 

Picture - the Morgan 3 Wheeler launched at Geneva 2011

The programme is  managed by Cenex, Centre of Excellence in Low Carbon & Fuel Cell Technologies.

Read more about our projects and some completed vehicles developed as part of our research and development programme.

Login to the NVN members area which contains more information not accessible to the general public. 

If you would like to be a member please register via our application form to access members resources, sign up for events and more.

News

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Niche Vehicle Website to be Re-launched

28/08/2014 14:27:35 - Niche Vehicle Website to be Re-launched

The Niche Vehicle Network is working on a new, updated and revised website.

Scheduled for launch after the Cenex LCV 2014 show, the new website will provide members with easier access to the wide range of R&D reports, event presentations, newsletters, design guides and homologation and type approval information currently provided to our Network members.

Due to the changes all Members will be required to log in to the new site to refresh their log in details and therefore create their unique user homepage. Further information on this process will be provided prior to the new website going live.

Events

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27/11/2014 09:00 - 16:00 - Member's Forum

27/11/2014 09:00 - 16:00 - Member's Forum

On November 27th, the Niche Vehicle Network will be holding our annual Members’ Forum at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon.

To register as a delegate, simply email us at nvn@cenex.co.uk with your name, job title, company and email address. Places are limited to 2 delegates per company.

If you would also like to apply for one of the 5 minute presentation slots, please detail your proposed presentation topic within your email. The deadline for returns is 15th November.

There are five good reasons why you should attend this free event:

• To present your company’s capabilities to potential customers and suppliers
• To hear how the other niche companies may be able to help you
• To meet new contacts from specialist niche vehicle companies
• To renew relationships with existing contacts in the niche sector

We hope you are able to attend and make use of this ideal opportunity to raise awareness of your company’s capabilities and business needs to your colleagues in the network.