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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.


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Oaktec have been crowned national winner of the 2014 Shell Springboard programme

16/05/2014 11:37:16 - Oaktec have been crowned national winner of the 2014 Shell Springboard programme

Paul Andrews, founder of Oaktec, is celebrating winning the coveted prize for his ground-breaking 'PULSAR' engine design.


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10/09/2014 09:00 - 11/09/2014 17:00 - LCV 2014 – Expression of Interest

10/09/2014 09:00 - 11/09/2014 17:00 - LCV 2014 – Expression of Interest

One of the aims of the Niche Vehicle Network is to highlight and showcase the innovation that exists within the niche vehicle manufacturing sector. This takes the form of vehicle displays at a number of relevant events and exhibitions, including the LCV 2014 event, organised by Cenex and being held on the 10th and 11th September.

The Network would like to extend an invitation to any interested parties who may wish to have their vehicle or product displayed on the NVN stand at this show. To help our selection process, please provide further details of the product/vehicle that you would like exhibited to nvn@cenex.co.uk by the 1st May 2014.