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Cenex LCV2014 Low Carbon Vehicle Event Preview

lcv2013-tesla-model-s-300x170To say there’s a lot happening in the low carbon vehicle industry at the moment would be a huge understatement, as was proven by the range of organisations present at the Cenex LCV2014 preview day.

Cenex LCV, taking place 10-11 September 2014 at Millbrook Proving Ground, is the UK’s main event for the low carbon vehicle sector, incorporating a conference, exhibition, and ride and drive. This year there is also a dinner on the evening of 10 September, incorporating the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s Low Carbon Champions Awards.

LCV2014, and the Awards Dinner, is the leading networking event of the year for the low carbon vehicle industry. Any company that wants to supply its products into the low carbon vehicle industry needs to be present at LCV.

The main focus of LCV is companies supplying technology solutions to vehicle manufacturers to help them bring low carbon vehicles to market. LCV is therefore very interesting as it provides a snapshot of the sort of technologies that may appear on cars and other vehicles over the next few years. Some of the latest low carbon vehicles are also available for driving, with the Tesla Model S being one of the highlights of the 2013 event.

This year, in addition to the normal companies developing various low carbon technologies, there were some other interesting businesses. Here’s a snapshot of some of the organisations exhibiting at Cenex LCV2014.


Vayon Green Power Group is a company that is collecting together innovative businesses that are developing low carbon technologies as a ‘one stop shop’ for OEMs. This is a significant development, because one of the key issues raised over recent years at conferences such as LCV is the ‘valley of death’ – ie. the stage between a business having a bright idea and the successful commercialisation of that idea. Many UK companies have failed during this stage of business development, due to factors such as lack of finance and lack of the right business skills to grow to a higher level. Vayon is aiming to solve this problem by bringing promising low carbon businesses into its Group, which is backed by venture capitalists, to help them grow successfully into larger companies.


At last, with companies such as Vayon, and UK government/industry initiatives such as the £1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre, it seems that the ‘valley of death’ is being bridged. Another company to address this issue is Enscite, which doesn’t bring companies into its Group like Vayon, but it instead works with smaller suppliers to help with ‘reshoring’ – or bringing the supply chain back to the UK. It does this by looking at the product road maps of larger companies and identifying resulting opportunities for SME suppliers.

My Electric Avenue

Another new exhibitor for the 2014 LCV event is My Electric Avenue, an Ofgem-funded project to test a solution to prevent the local electricity grid being overloaded due to the increased take-up of electric cars. Led by EA Technology and Scottish & Southern Energy Power Distribution, with Nissan providing the cars, over 100 people in 10 locations around Britain are now driving Nissan LEAFs to trial the new monitoring and controlling technology for recharging, with a further 100 LEAF drivers providing additional data about EV recharging habits.


Revolve Technologies is developing diesel engines that can run on hydrogen. This technology is currently being demonstrated in Ford Transit vans, which have recently been tested by Millbrook and found to emit just 74g/km CO2 rather than the 250g/km CO2 of the diesel version. This would make this Transit eligible for London Congestion Charge Zone exemption if the legislation can be changed to keep up with this new technology. Revolve also has an associated company, ULEMCo, which is seeking to commercialise this hydrogen technology.

Ricardo and Controlled Power Technologies

Ricardo and Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) are developing mild hybrid systems for cars that result in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, but at a lower cost than traditional hybrid systems. At LCV 2013 the companies showed their Focus HyBoost hybrid, based on a downsized 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, with an electrical supercharger, delivering fuel economy and CO2 equivalent to a full hybrid powertrain, but with improved performance, and at low cost. At LCV2014 the company will be demonstrating a new 48V Ford Focus ADEPT diesel mild hybrid, targeting a 70g/km CO2 emissions figure. ADEPT, a Technology Strategy Board-funded project, also incorporates thermal energy recovery systems.

Other LCV exhibitors at the preview day included companies developing new engines, hybrid systems, electric machines, multi-speed transmissions for EVs, ultra-capacitors, and modelling and simulation services of complex powertrain systems.

Find out about the future of the low carbon vehicle industry at Cenex LCV2014.

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Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke, Editor, Green Car Guide





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