The Niche Vehicle “EV Challenge” Innovative Charging Competition 2021 provides a platform for collaborative research and development in the area of innovative charging solutions for electric vehicles within the UK niche vehicle sector.
Programme: Niche Vehicle Network
Award: Up to £105,000
Opens: 15th Mar 2021
Closes: 15th Apr 2021
The Competition is open to organisations active in design and manufacture of off board electric vehicle charging equipment in the UK, who wish to collaborate on innovative, industry-led projects. The aim of this competition stream is to develop innovative charging solutions for niche electric vehicles in order to promote increased take-up.
Projects will need to demonstrate innovation beyond business as usual through the accelerated development of electric vehicle charging solutions that are directly applicable to on-road, zero emission niche electric vehicles. Projects should demonstrate innovative hardware charging solutions for:
Funding is restricted to off board charging technologies applicable to powered, wheeled road-going zero emission UK niche vehicles. A niche vehicle manufacturer is defined as an independent UK based vehicle manufacturer producing less than 10,000 vehicles per year. Projects must be industry led, aiming to support the growth, productivity and competitiveness of the UK niche vehicle sector. The programme therefore focuses on technologies applicable to low-volume UK production.
Projects must be collaborative and industry-led by an SME. The competition is aimed primarily at SMEs, but it is permissible to include two large companies or other large organisations (such as a University or RTO) in each consortium.
Off board electric vehicle hardware charging solutions with applicability to the following on-road, zero emission niche vehicles:
Out of Scope
Ineligible Project Costs
The following costs are ineligible and should be excluded from any part of the project costs and any overhead calculations.