Niche Vehicle Network

Production Readiness / 2020

The QXS-E1 Motor – a Compact, Rugged 35kW Motor for Electric Motorcycles


The QXS-E1 motor is a compact, rugged 35 kW electric motor being developed by Edge Mobility. Designed to fit tight packaging volumes with its novel integrated liquid cooling system, it is an ideal solution for manufacturers of both electric motorcycle and other small vehicles.

In collaboration with Brace Technology and Xi Engineering, the goal of this Niche Vehicle Network R&D project is to prepare the QXS-E1 motor for production by taking it through a series of virtual simulations and physical tests before integrating it into an electric motorcycle and scooter for in-vehicle demonstrations.

Production Readiness / 2020

Clipper Cab Electric Taxi Production Readiness


Clipper Automotive and partners aim to make significant improvements to the air quality in our towns and cities by converting diesel taxis to be 100% electric. Taxis are the biggest single polluting vehicle type in UK cities.

We have designed a system to retrofit London taxis with fully electric drive-train and have built a working prototype. The project will now build a production ready version of a zero-emissions retrofitted London black cab, bring this to market, carrying out real-world tests. We will also complete a full application to TfL for regulatory approval to operate these as licensed cabs in London.

Production Readiness / 2020

Project Revolution - Production Intent Prototype


VO is a lightweight EPAC city solar powered taxi for 2 people and cargo with removable battery.

VO embodies the best attributes of car and cycle travel. Legally permitted to use cycle lanes, VO travels at a capped speed of 15.5mph, effectively faster than a car’s average 11.3mph through cities using solar, human power and innovative energy storage system.

VO’s zero-emission, ultra lightweight, 60kg design enables solar power to be reliable and sufficiently powerful for urban travel.

VO will be the vanguard for solar powered transport, paving the way for heavier solar vehicles as solar cell efficiency continues to advance.

Production Readiness / 2020

Improving the range of EV taxis using energy efficient tyres


Electric taxis have very specific challenges: increased utilisation rates, heavier weight and higher torque. This can be solved in part by more energy-efficient tyres, which have a lower rolling resistance and extend pure EV range, delaying the need to depend on fossil-fuel range extenders.

In this project ENSO, LEVC and ZETI will engineer/demonstrate/test/validate the GEN1-TX tyre for LEVC’s TX electric taxis. We intend to deliver an increased EV range of ≥10% using our tyre. This innovation combines proprietary compounds and lightweight tyre construction that’s not commercialised in this sector, a niche market underserved by leading tyre companies.

Production Readiness / 2020

iEV Motor Family - PCB Hairpin Winding


iNetic have designed and developed and are now ready to productionise a range traction motors for a wide range of electric vehicle applications.

The motors were designed from the start with a very clear cost down journey consisting of 3 distinct steps, 1 & 2 are complete, this application is for step 3. With each step cost is removed from the BOM and the motor becomes more attractive to volume customers.

Prototype iNetic iEV motors are used in a wide variety of EVs on land and sea, including PR19-1014 11 Ton E-Axle and PR19-1004 HPD EDU.

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 / 2020

BoScoot E Scooter Proof of Concept Prototype Development


Following a successful NVN-funded Feasibility Study, the innovative BoScoot personal mobility product is progressing to Proof of Concept.

The aim is to deploy the best of UK design and engineering innovation to deliver a combination of mule and prototype E-Scooters which significantly raise the bar for low emission micro-mobility hardware.

Based on route-to-market understanding developed through the Feasibility Study, BoScoot Proof of Concept will prove out the technical and commercial concepts for a new generation of desirable, high-quality BoScoot micro-mobility products. The BoScoot is positioned to move sector emphasis away from ultra-low cost, low quality design and manufacture.

Proof of Concept / 2020

Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Power System for Light Marine Vessels


“HyMarine” is a collaboration between EP Barrus, Hypermotive and HPi CEproof to develop a hydrogen fuel cell battery hybrid powerplant for light marine applications and demonstrate on a mule vessel. This powerplant will provide a zero-emissions, low-noise, low-maintenance alternative to the ubiquitous marinised diesel helping deliver against the UK’s Clean Maritime Plan. Barrus are the UK’s leading provider of marine powerplants. Hypermotive are one of the UK’s most experienced fuel cell and battery system integrators. HPi CEproof are the only Notified Body in the UK licensed to certify small marine craft for the European market as well as Pressure Equipment.

Proof of Concept / 2020

MUSTReCaB (Morris Ultralight Structural Thermoplastic Recycled Carbon Body Project)


The MUSTReCaB project builds upon previous successful feasibility study and proof of concept research projects to deliver an ultra-lightweight solution for producing complex, feature rich load bearing structural panels in reinforced recycled thermoplastic carbon fibre.

The project will develop a material and production process for cost effectively manufacturing lightweight thermoplastic matrix recycled carbon fibre panels capable of being used in structural and semi-structural applications.

Production approaches catering for one off parts through niche to high volume requirements will be considered, with the technology being demonstrated with prototype components manufactured and integrated onto a prototype zero emission Morris Commercial delivery vehicle.

Proof of Concept / 2020

FAST: Full 4-quadrant Active Suspension Technology


In this project the consortium will develop, simulate and bench test a prototype lightweight active suspension system, capable of high bandwidth dynamic ride height, spring rate and damping control. Aston Martin Lagonda will set requirements, Cranfield University will carry out CAE simulation and optimisation, and Domin Fluid Power will design, manufacture and test an integrated, Additive Manufactured active suspension unit to TRL5.