Niche Vehicle Network

Innovative Charging R&D / 2021

Rural Transport E-Shelter


Small towns and rural communities are not currently well served in terms of EV charging infrastructure. We aim to support those rural communities by developing an innovative, safe, user-centric charging and access point for e-bike hire and e-cargo bikes, powered by on-site renewable energy. We aim to encourage the uptake of e-bikes and e-cargo bikes for use around small rural towns and nearby villages.

Innovative Charging R&D / 2021

EV-to-charger metadata communication for service fleet, user-friendly and shared-access smart charging at distributed sites


Hypervolt is the UK’s leading innovator in smart home & workplace charging, vertically integrated across software and hardware for seamless UX and rapid innovation.

Electrification of commercial vans is constrained, but no longer for lack of viable models. Facilities management EVs (~838,000 in the UK) face a specific pain point without radial-site charging solutions: hub/depot charging is inconvenient/inefficient, whilst distributed charging with low utilisation is capex intensive.

In tandem, EV uptake in social and rented accommodation with shared parking (1.8m homes; 8%) is constrained.

Hypervolt proposes an innovative, distributed fleet charging solution based on EV telematics, Plug&Charge and shared-access.

Innovative Charging R&D / 2021

Project Pollen: a secure universal e-scooter charging network


Project Pollen will scale-up a universal e-scooter charging network deployed in smart lockers across cities in the UK. The project is led by Honeycomb, a start-up focused on battery charging optimisation of e-scooters, and TZ, a market leader in smart lockers. This project will develop our proof-of-concept, which includes a smart protocol to optimise battery health, energy efficiency and manage grid demand. NVN funding will also support negotiation of a pilot study in a regulatory-approved city in the UK in April 2022.

Deployment of Honeycomb in UK cities could avoid 464tCO2 annually by 2025, converting 33% of journeys under 5-miles.