Niche Vehicle Network

Proof of Concept / 2020



LandGlider is an electric concept car made road legal, with efficiency driving it’s design, in order to maximise the range of an electric vehicle through weight reduction, drivetrain efficiency, aerodynamics and rolling resistance all optimised to demonstrate real world capability to run over 400 miles on a single charge.

Proof of Concept / 2020

Moke Lightweight Sustainable Body


MOKE International is a UK Company that has been manufacturing virtually the same vehicle for over 60 years - that is about to change!

MOKE, with its partners, will develop a new MOKE vehicle utilising the world's most cutting edge materials used in the niche vehicle segment to create a class leading sustainable, safe and light weight monocoque used across new Electric and ICE (Euro6) powertrain options

This exciting program is part of a whole vehicle redesign that will deliver a next generation MOKE capable of being the foundation on which the companies continuing journey can be built.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Motorcycle Instant Top-Up Battery System


Development of the first modular battery system with quick change capability for use in a motorcycle. The novel hex design energy modules will allow customisable integration into different vehicle platforms to suit any price, power and range requirement. The unique battery management system offers a discharge across the cells simulating a conventional fuel tank allowing for instantaneous top ups. The energy pods can be used on and off vehicles as stand-alone battery pods giving energy to remote locations and emergency situations.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Revolutionary Aerodynamic Motorcycle Design


This project aims to deliver a prototype motorcycle that, under laboratory conditions, will demonstrate dramatic aerodynamic advantages over current production motorcycles. The prototype will demonstrate that the design will be suitable for the next generation of electrically powered motorcycles by addressing current aerodynamic inefficiency to vastly improve range and enhance potential for heat exchanger cooling. In addition, the new design will deliver improved safety performance through enhanced stability at steady state motion and even more importantly in the braking phase.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Body panels in recycled carbon fibre composite


Carbon fibre has a vital role to play in vehicle light-weighting. However carbon fibre is very energy intensive to produce so re-using and recycling this material is also vital in order to gain it's full environmental benefit. Existing vehicle legislation requires that materials are recycled and vehicle end of life quantities of carbon fibre are increasing. This project explores the application of the recycled carbon fibre through the development and demonstration of a vehicle roof and tailgate for an electric hearse. Each partner will take the project knowledge forward to a variety of applications.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Battery Passport


Electric vehicle batteries need replacing when their usable capacity decreases. At this point they can be recycled or re-purposed to another industrial application such as domestic energy. The problem is knowing whether a battery is good or bad. The Battery Passport is equivalent of an odometer for the electric vehicle batteries. It provides a robust mechanism that records battery usage over its life and assures future buyers of the worth of the batteries, thus reducing the net cost and CO2 footprint of an electric vehicle. The Battery Passport must be tamper-proof and uses innovations such as Blockchain and CAN Cybersecurity.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Low Cost 48v Mild Hybrid add-on solution


Hybridisation of the powertrain is an automotive megatrend, with vehicle manufacturers looking to electrify their products, however the costly nature of developing and manufacturing a hybrid system is a big drawback to its application in niche vehicle products.

RML Group and chosen partners (Caterham and Xtrac), have collaborated to share their industry knowledge, skills and expertise to investigate the integration of a 48v mild hybrid system for low volume road-car applications in a cost effective solution, which provides numerous environmental and drivability benefits of such a system. There is also future scope to integrate the proposed systems into motorsport applications.

Proof of Concept / 2019

ACRIM-Wheel (All Composite Reduced Inertia Modular Wheels)


ACRIM-Wheel is a proof-of-concept project to produce the world’s first commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all-composite, modular wheel system for niche and electric vehicle applications. It will demonstrate the durability of composite wheels and quantify improvements made to vehicle efficiency. During frequent start/stop duty cycles it is predicted that lightweight, optimised wheels can improve efficiency by up to 10%. Cost will be minimised via a unique modular configuration and by utilising cutting edge composite processing technology. ACRIM-Wheel will draw on the UK’s world renowned composites expertise to develop and prove a radically different and innovative wheel concept.

Proof of Concept / 2019

Project 356


Project 356 will build upon the SEV and Faraday Challenge battery case feasibility studies to deliver a proof of concept prototype vehicle, demonstrating a step change in electric vehicle platform accessibility for niche vehicle manufacturers across passenger, sportscar and commercial vehicle sectors.

The partners will design, manufacture and demonstrate an integrated chassis platform, utilising battery modules and drivetrain components sourced from Nissan, which will eliminate the requirement for a stand-alone battery enclosure. The chassis and electrical platform will be flexible and scalable to meet wide ranging requirements for multiple vehicle types, demonstrated on a passenger vehicle application in this project.

Proof of Concept / 2019

ALECS, “Articulating Lightweight Electric Cargo Solution”


ALECS is an NVN Proof of Concept project that will produce an innovative and lightweight last mile delivery e-trike. Project partners are Pashley Cycles (project lead and vehicle demonstration), Simpact (engineering consultancy and suspension specialists) and Reynolds (specialists in the supply of lightweight tubing). Low overall mass and articulating chassis will be achieved using lightweight materials and novel suspension technology. The concept will be demonstrated in the delivery livery of our observer partner, Serco. The developed concept will deliver a safe, zero emission, efficient last mile delivery vehicle and on a configurable multi-function platform, opening up a significant market opportunity.