Niche Vehicle Network

Proof of Concept / 2020



RIFT64 is a 64-120kW traction motor development that builds on our existing 10-30kW (TRL8) project to bring the market a high-powered ultra-efficient electric drive with advantages of: significant weight reduction, lower cost and efficiencies that result in a range increase of up to 75%, plus other benefits.

The consortium of RIFT Technology, MCP and BradshawEV brings together innovation, production expertise, customer knowledge and route to market. This leads to a strong project to prove the concept of the RIFT64 motor and its suitability for the Electric Utility Vehicle market. Collaboration is expected to nurture existing commercial relationships between the parties.

Proof of Concept / 2020

Solid State Storage Heat Exchanger 'S3HE'


The ability to provide suitable levels of passenger comfort in electric vehicles in cold conditions, whilst minimising the reduction in zero emission range, continues to be an industry challenge. Sunamp, Bergstrom and Horiba MIRA will develop an efficient cabin heating solution for electric vehicles. Our solution is to use advanced high temperature solid state Phase Change Material (PCM) integrated into the vehicle HVAC air handling system to provide a more efficient solution to electrical heating or heat pumps. Additional benefits would be to speed up the immediate cabin heating and windscreen demisting giving drivers improved comfort and safety.

Proof of Concept / 2020

Lightweight composite structures for hydrogen storage systems


Hydrogen and fuel cell engineering specialist Arcola Energy will work with composites manufacturer Permali and the National Composites Centre to develop lightweight systems for on-board hydrogen storage. As well as helping to unlock zero-emission heavy-duty transport the project will form the basis of a UK supply chain for hydrogen storage systems.

Proof of Concept / 2020

Enabling Simulation for Niche Vehicle Manufacturers


Niche Vehicle Manufacturers (NVMs) are presented with significant barriers when trying to adopt simulation into their design processes. The ‘Enabling Simulation’ project will work towards allowing SME automotive manufacturers to undertake best practice aerodynamic and electric motor thermal management simulations using cloud-based software.

Project partners TotalSim and Electrical Cooling Solutions will take their respective Computational Fluid Dynamics and electric motor simulation software and develop them for deployment on the cloud for use by NVMs.

The combined platform will be tested and validated by Ariel Limited as a part of the development of the next generation of the Nomad off-road car

Proof of Concept / 2020

Niobium enhanced lightweight vehicle chassis and suspension systems


Niobium is a naturally occurring element (no.41), readily available, reliable, soft metal that is ductile, malleable and highly resistant to corrosion. Because it enhances structural properties and functionality, Niobium is used in a wide range of materials and applications in the Aerospace, Architectural and Energy sectors.

Based on successful completion of a recent study into the use of Niobium enhanced metals for automotive light-weighting, the consortium has already established the technical feasibility of their concept for a Niobium enhanced lightweight vehicle chassis and suspension systems and aims to develop and produce structural prototype systems demonstrated on a BAC Mono vehicle.

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.

Production Readiness Fast Track / 2020

PowerPODs - Modular, Configurable Battery System


PowerPOD is an integrated, modular battery system demonstrated on an EV motorbike. It is a reconfigurable, hi-energy dense, power source system enabling multiple, cross-sector applications. This project refines the Proof Of Concept PowerPOD and develops it into a low volume, production-ready system.
A UK supply chain will be developed for the PowerPOD and Docking Module. Volume production in an EV motorbike will be developed with UK niche manufacturer CCM Motorcycles as well as new entrant Langen Motorcycles.

Production Readiness Fast Track / 2020

PACES (Passenger and Commercial EV Skateboard)


PACES will build upon a recently completed 2019 NVN-PoC project, advancing the technical and manufacturing readiness of a configurable eSkateboard concept, to be demonstrated on a JSCA vehicle application.

This will facilitate a step change in cost effective electric vehicle platform viability for niche manufacturers and specialist vehicle converters across the passenger, sportscar and light commercial sectors.

The partners will develop and extensively test an eSkateboard with integrated battery enclosure on a JSCA vehicle, accelerating the supply chain and manufacturing processes toward full production readiness. The eSkateboard and JSCA vehicle will progress to market in 2021 following successful project completion.

Production Readiness Fast Track / 2020

Body Panels in Recycle Carbon Fibre Composite - Applications, Refinements & Production


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. Vehicle end of life quantities of carbon fibre are increasing. This project demonstrates a wide range of automotive applications of the recycled carbon fibre and brings them to a production capable stage demonstrated on electric hearses. Each partner will take the project knowledge forward to a variety of applications.