Niche Vehicle Network

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Development of Structural Battery Enclosure


By developing a EV battery enclosure to also carry vehicle structural loadings, opportunities exist for weight reduction and hence overall vehicle efficiency gains. This project aims to prove the feasibility of replacing the front end structure of a light weight sportscar with a structural battery enclosure to which the front suspension will be directly attached. The studies will investigate the application of low density plastic / composite materials that can be moulded to create the component. Finite element analysis techniques will be employed to develop and verify stiffness and strength performance.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

BICARB: Bio-derived Composites for Structural Battery Boxes


The design of lightweight battery boxes is critical for increasing the range and efficiency of Electric Vehicles (EVs). Tailored new materials are required for designers to produce optimised lightweight structures. BICARB will investigate the processing of Bio-derived composite materials for application in structural EV battery boxes. Polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) based resin systems can be entirely sourced from sugar beet waste materials. PFA resin systems deliver outstanding fire performance which meet both aerospace and rail industry fire retardancy material specifications. Other characteristics include: • Low toxicity and emissions improving operator health and safety • Low environmental impact • High chemical resistance

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Lightweight, low cost, recyclable frame for e-mobility: L2RF


The market for e-bikes and e-cargo bikes is rapidly growing and driving demand for cost effective, light weight structures to extend range.

In project L2RF, the feasibility of developing a low cost, multi-material lightweight structural joining technology for welding tubes made from thermoplastic composites to metal nodes, will be investigated.

Joints and a frame will be manufactured and tested for structural integrity, weight and recyclability. The technical advantages and potential for commercial exploitation will be assessed against competing approaches for manufacturing lightweight multi-material structures.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Thermally Managed Batteries for Range and Efficiency Improvements in Niche Road Vehicles


McMurtry Automotive plans to evaluate the potential for improvements in road car range and efficiency that result from accurate thermal control of battery cells. Testing will cover the effects of temperature on cell capacity, impedance and life. The investigation will also look at the feasibility of implementation.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Improved Efficiency Sustainable Batteries


This project will produce a battery for e-mobility which is capable of maintenance and repurposing, providing a truly sustainable road to net zero future. The technical developments will focus on improved customer experience, but crucially, will develop the battery design to improve vibration resilience, increasing both range of a vehicle and its lifetime.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Niche Vehicle Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain


Assessing the feasibility of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrains for Niche Vehicle applications for 200kW-400kW peak outputs including Hydrogen storage, Electrical energy store, Vehicle control unit, E-Machine & Inverter choice as well packaging optimisation

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Replacing chassis element with Structural battery housing with integrated cooling


Great British Sports Cars Limited in Boughton, Nottinghamshire are undertaking desktop research and preliminary investigation in order to establish the feasibility of applying composite materials to a niche automotive electric vehicle (EV) application within our GBS Zero.

Removing existing steel and aluminum structure from the front chassis, replacing it with a composite structure incorporating battery housing whilst investigating integrated cooling systems. Testing this material characterisation for minimum mass, anticipated to lead to significant weight savings over a conventional chassis and battery housing arrangement which is expected to lead to vehicle range improvements and subsequently lowering of overall manufacturing costs.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Lightweight Electric CALLUM ATV


CALLUM propose to carry out a feasibility study into the creation of a new all-electric ATV, incorporating a number of novel and innovative lightweight and aerodynamic improving technologies to create a product that not only equals but betters the performance attributes of the ICE dominated ATVs on the market.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Vision-Based Vehicle Control for Optimal eHGV Regen Braking on Varied Road Gradients


Hypermile is developing the world's first end-to-end AI-powered ADAS for eHGV to extend range by up to 30%. Current electric trucks only have a range ~300km and can carry ~1/3 of its diesel counterparts. Our innovation aims to address the issues by improving the driving behaviours as there is a 35% energy usage gap between worst and best drivers. This is particularly important for eHGV, frequently accentuated by choices around regenerative braking. Project aims to identify energy efficiency gains, using computer vision, for eHGVs driving on roads with gradients, comparing performance of the system to an average driver.

Feasibility Study: Range Extension & Improved Efficiency / 2021

Land Rover EV Retrofit Stage 1 - Feasibility


PhoenixEV will offer a solution for the conversion of restored Land Rover Defender 110 and 130 vehicles, retaining the original off and on-road ability of the platform. The entirety of the system will be compliant to new vehicle standards and developed to the highest safety standards of the current market. All components will be new and, where possible, UK sourced.

In addition, PhoenixEV will explore new methods of finance facilitating adoption of the product.

The ultimate aim will be to export classic British design, craftsmanship and modern technology to the rest of the world, creating new jobs and industry growth.