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Niche Vehicle Network Production Readiness

Fund Name

Niche Vehicle Network Production Readiness Competition

Project Value

£150k - £300k



This competition provides grants for UK SMEs and their supply chains to take existing low-carbon vehicle technologies from demonstration through to production readiness in a compressed timescale, leading to significant economic benefits whilst reducing CO2 emissions.

There is match-funding available to support projects to the value of £500,000 through this competition.

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Fund details

Projects need to demonstrate the accelerated development of technologies based around one or more of the following areas, directly applicable to the on-road or off-highway, zero-emission UK niche vehicles:

  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Energy storage and energy management systems
  • Fuel cells and associated systems
  • On-board hydrogen storage
  • Lightweight vehicle body, chassis and powertrain structures
  • Aerodynamics for improved energy efficiency
  • Other disruptive low-carbon vehicle technologies


The competitions provide funding to SMEs active in the UK niche vehicle, low carbon vehicle technology sector (e.g. niche vehicle manufacturers, design & engineering companies, system suppliers, technology and research organisations etc.) for innovative, collaborative R&D activities. The program, therefore, focuses on technologies applicable to low-volume UK production.

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