Niche Vehicle Network

Competition Winners - Cenex-LCV2019

Funded projects must aim to support the growth and competitiveness of the UK low carbon niche vehicle technology sector, and our current projects demonstrate accelerated development of technologies based around one or more of the following areas:

  • Electric machines and power electronics

  • Energy storage and energy management systems

  • Fuel cells

  • Lightweight vehicle body, chassis and powertrain structures

  • Aerodynamics for improved energy efficiency

  • Other disruptive low carbon vehicle technologies

1

Feasibility Study

Funded jointly by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK, the Feasibility Competition provides UK SMEs and micro companies active in the zero emission niche vehicle technology sector with grant funding to undertake desktop research activities aimed at catalysing innovative vehicle technologies applicable to road-going and off-highway vehicles.

Feasibility Study projects can be up to 3 months in duration.

2

EV Challenge

Early Stage R&D

Funded jointly by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK, the Early Stage R&D Competition is open to niche vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, and design / engineering or technology organisations, active in the UK specialist and low volume manufacturing sector, who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects.

The competition is open to consortia who have already established the technical feasibility of their concept and now aims to develop and produce a proof of concept or first prototype which can be demonstrated on a UK niche vehicle.

Early Stage R&D projects can be up to 6 months in duration.

Innovative Charging R&D

Funded jointly by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK, the Innovative Charging Competition is open to niche vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, and design/engineering or technology organisations, active in the UK specialist and low volume manufacturing sector, who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects.

The competition is open to consortia who have already established the technical feasibility of their coff-board charging concept and now aims to develop and produce a proof of concept or first prototype which can be demonstrated on a UK niche vehicle.

Innovative Charging projects can be up to 6 months in duration.

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Late Stage R&D

Funded jointly by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC UK) and Innovate UK, the Late Stage R&D Competition is open to niche vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, and design/engineering or technology organisations, active in the UK specialist and low volume manufacturing sector, who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects.

The competition is open to consortia who have already demonstrated the concept at first prototype level and now aims to take this existing technology from demonstration through to a production-ready level, demonstrated on a UK niche vehicle, in a compressed timescale.

Production Readiness projects can be up to 9 months in duration.

2021 Competition Timeline

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2021 Competition Timeline

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All applications must be submitted online through the Niche Vehicle Network Funding Gateway in the Members Portal. This contains full guidance on how to apply, together with links to provide specific help if required.

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