The successful applicants to the 2017-18 Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition were announced at the annual Niche Vehicle Forum on the 20th of November.
The aim of the Niche Vehicle Feasibility studies is to help SMEs and micro-companies establish the technical feasibility and business case for a new idea, before embarking on full R&D. Successful applicants have secured up to £25,000 in grant, covering 75% of their eligible project costs.
The 2017-18 successful applicants are listed below.
- A&M EDM Ltd: To apply proprietary fuelling techniques to a small proprietary rotary engine in order to elevate thermal efficiency and reduce emission.
- Advanced Innovative Engineering (UK) Ltd: to study the different opportunities and innovative configuration of AIE’s rotary hybrid technologies within motorcycle applications.
- Arcola Energy Ltd: to research an accelerated route to market for fuel cell electric powertrains in urban and inter-urban trucks.
- Automotive Mechatronics Ltd: to investigate the viability of manufacturing ultra-capacitor modules and packs.
- Biomethane Ltd: to investigate the technical and financial viability of producing non-cylindrical, lightweight, composite fuel tanks suitable for the on-board vehicle storage of liquid cryogenic fuels.
- Blue Dolphin (UK) Ltd: to investigate improved cooling solutions for high powered batteries.
- Brahms Electric Vehicles Ltd: to investigate the feasibility of building cost effective vehicle roof panels in recycled carbon fibre composites.
- CED Ltd: to investigate an interface design for lightweight and very low cost mixed material structures for future low carbon vehicles.
- eDrive Engineering: to evaluate a promising new concept for ultra-low cost 48V Hybrid/Electric Vehicle (xEV) traction system.
- FluxSys Ltd: to assess the feasibility of an innovative, low cost, highly integrated auxiliary power unit concept.
- Garage 56 Ltd: to research the feasibility of a zero emission at point of use ice-cream van.
- Gerotor Design Studio: to evaluate a system of pre-heating traction batteries and range extender engines during cold ambient conditions.
- Great British Sportscars: to assess the feasibility of cost effectively processing lightweight polyfurfuryl alcohol resin based composites for fire-sensitive applications.
- G-Volution: to evaluate the market for low cost, efficient and cost-effective methane catalysation for dual fuel applications.
- Innovatium LLP: to investigate the use of a high-efficiency water cycle system for use of low-quality waste heat to provide air-conditioning.
- Intercal: to develop and bench test a novel method for integrating lithium ion batteries into automotive starter-lighting-ignition circuits.
- JA Engineering Design: to investigate the feasibility of a lightweight transmission module primarily intended for the L7e heavyweight quadricycle market.
- JE Engineering: to investigate the feasibility of assembling a dual-drive four-wheel-drive hybrid system from parts not specially made for the project.
- Llexeter Ltd: to undertake the cost and performance analysis of a fully electric motorcycle for A2 licence.
- Microcab Industries: to undertake the review of a novel traction battery pack design.
- Mint Green: to evaluate the range of powertrain options for a Refuse Collection Vehicles.
- Performance Projects Ltd: to investigate the concept of using an electric hub motor layout to replace high ground clearance portal axles in military vehicles.
- RDM Group: to determine the feasibility of automating battery changes in autonomous electric vehicles.
- Stalcom Automotive: to investigate the potential for the development of a hybrid lightweight material battery case.
- Vantage Power Ltd: to addresses the feasibility of upgrading existing Energy Storage Systems with the newest generation of lithium-ion cells.
- Westfield Sportscars: to research the feasibility of taking a Ford Ecoboost Engine and undertaking a benchmark study for a variety of cycles for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test procedures.