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Environmental and Economic Benefits of L-category Vehicles

Project Brief

L-category vehicles are powered 2 / 3 wheelers, quadricycles and micro cars. This includes motorbikes and scooters, which account for the largest part of the UK market for  L-category vehicles (102,100 Powered Two-Wheeler vehicles in 2014).  Although there are relatively few L-category vehicles compared to M and N categories (passenger and goods vehicles with at least 4 wheels), they are much smaller, lighter, take up less road space and offer an innovative alternative to M and N category vehicles.
The LowCVP and a consortium of British universities undertook an assessment of the potential environmental, economic and societal benefits of L-category vehicles in the UK, which is soon to be published as a report. The overriding conclusion was that there are benefits to the UK of developing a market for these vehicles, however,  there remain a number of issues where further research, development and demonstration (RD&D) is required.
This project seeks to take forward the areas of RD&D through a number of project groups which will seek funding from the UK Research Councils and other funding bodies. The LowCVP will provide a forum for sharing this information between the groups and will provide advice and information on the outcome of these projects to Government to inform future policy in this area.


  • Develop a network to support consortia building for funded future work (e.g. Innovate UK, Horizon 2020).
  • Share information between network members interested in L-category vehicles.
  • Provide information and advise Government on future policy.


  • Website dedicated to L-category vehicles network.
  • Information days/ liaison with stakeholders.
  • Briefings for OLEV and DfT.

Delivery Timetable:

  • 2016 to 2018

Project Steering Group:

  • LowCVP Lead – Jonathan Murray.
  • LowCVP Members - Prof Kambiz Ebrahimi, Simon Bailey (ULV Research Group, Loughborough University), Prof. David Greenwood (Warwick Manufacturing Group).
  • OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) - Dr Bob Moran, Head of Low Carbon Vehicle Regulation, R&D and Procurement.
  • AVERE - Annick Roetynck, Light Electric Vehicle Task Force Manager.
  • SMMT - David Wong, Technology and Innovation Manager.
  • eMCIA -  Chris Hodder

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A member view...

LowCVP sits at the nexus of industry, policy and civil society, providing a valuable forum for objective research, debate and action amongst disparate stakeholders.
Adam Chase, Director, E4Tech