Record-breaking event brings community together and showcases innovation
Loughborough, UK – 27 September 2018
Showing the growth of the UK low carbon vehicle (LCV) industry, Cenex-LCV2018 saw a record 4,385 visitors and exhibitors attend the UK’s largest event for the low carbon vehicle community. This was a 13.5% rise on 2017 numbers, which were themselves a record. Held at Millbrook, Bedfordshire between 12-13 September 2018, Cenex-LCV2018 was opened by Rt Hon Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Industry & Energy with Rt Hon Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and Rt Hon Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, also in attendance.
Now firmly established as the event to announce new innovations, products and initiatives, highlights of the event included:
- New UK battery manufacturer launched. Hyperbat, a joint venture between Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group announced plans to open a new UK facility to produce batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles, beginning with the Aston Martin Rapide E.
- Westfield Technology Group (WTG) revealed a new autonomous vehicle. WTG and Korean company OnCar shared their plans to co-design and build a 12-14-seater autonomous vehicle, to complement WTG’s existing 4-6-seater model.
- Niche vehicle technology competition winners share £3m investment. It was announced that 30 projects will receive grant funding from the Niche Vehicle Network competitions, collectively supported by Innovate UK, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).
- Digital Resilience Lab drives security in connected vehicles. Roke and Ricardo launched their new Digital Resilience Lab, which aims to help automotive manufacturers design and produce the next generation of secure vehicles and realize the vision of future transport systems.
- Ford debuts plug-in hybrid electric Transit. Ahead of its first commercial trial in London, Ford’s Transit Custom van made its debut at Cenex-LCV2018.
- Innovate UK showcases low-emission freight trials. Operators taking part in the Department for Transport’s Low Emission Freight and Logistics trial showed off electric, natural gas, KERS, dual-fuel hydrogen, smart charging and aerodynamic lightweight vehicles at Cenex-LCV2018
Commenting on the event, James Jean-Louis, Chargemaster plc said, “Every year the technology and the developments we see at Cenex-LCV grow – it has been an exciting step-change every year I’ve been here.”
“The attendance here is superb. It is the place where the industry comes to meet – we have a great mixture of government, manufacturers, supply chain companies and universities. Whoever you need to meet in the electrified vehicle space, they’re here,” said Prof. David Greenwood, WMG, The University of Warwick.
Simon Davies, Vector, added, “There isn’t anything else like it in the UK!”
Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex said, “Since Cenex-LCV began 11 years ago we’ve seen enormous growth, and we’re very grateful for the range and breadth of support we’ve received from across government and industry. 2018 was a record in terms of attendance. The UK has a vibrant research and development community bringing forward the next generation of enabling technologies for vehicle electrification and driverless vehicles.
We are very proud that the Cenex-LCV event has become a defacto meeting place for the motor industry innovation community. Our work on Cenex-LCV2019 has already begun.”
Notes to editors (bottom of article)
Spotlight on AutoAir - the 5G testbed for autonomous and connected vehicles
Peter Claydon from lead organisation Airspan said "the AutoAir consortium was delighted at the interest shown in the testbed by the low carbon vehicle international community. This is a clear demonstration of the sustainable value of the testbed beyond the projects one year timescale and will give Millbrook and the UK a clear advantage in assisting in the development of autonomous vehicles".
> View Airspans presentation slides here.
Anthony Dunne, Managing Consultant and Transport Sector Lead at Real Wireless who presented alongside Airspan in the 'AutoAir zone' said "the AutoAir testbed provides an exciting opportunity to look at what can – and cannot – be done when neutral host approaches are applied to vehicles travelling at speed.
There are real challenges for the UK around improvements in transport corridors, coverage and capacity and the viability of innovations. We hope to find synergies across road and rail, addressing common issues through the technological and economic insights we will gain from our modelling activities."
> View Real Wireless's presentation slides here.
Mark Barrett, CMO of Blu Wireless Technology, one of the other consortium partners comments on their involvement in the 5G testbed:
Blu Wireless is excited to be part of the Autoair V2X project as we firmly believe that mmWave wireless will be key part of future 5G wireless solutions for future V2X deployments.
About Cenex LCV2018
The LCV event (www.cenex-lcv.co.uk) has established its unique positioning for the low carbon vehicle community as the technology showcasing and networking event. LCV2018 was the 11th in a series of national low carbon vehicle events run by Cenex.
As the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event, LCV attracts UK and international visitors and combines a technology exhibition with broad B2B focus split over three halls, a ride & drive of the latest research & development and commercially available vehicles in a test track environment, facilitated networking activities, and an extensive seminar programme. Each year the event has grown, attracting more delegates from business and academia, as well as earning its reputation as the place to meet key contacts from across the low carbon vehicle community.
Cenex prides itself on ensuring the decision-makers of the UK industry attend the event, with all major stakeholders, key manufacturers, supply chain representatives and government officials from the UK present. The event attracts a range of customers (automotive 54%, energy infrastructure 10%, government & local authority 8%, academia 8%) and senior managers (board level 40% and middle management 26%).
You can view presentations from the event here.
Video highlights below:
Gallery: visit LCV website for more photos