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Preparing the Strategic Road Network for electric vehicles

Project Details

Reference: 544385
Portfolio:04 Developing and delivering technology solutions (2013-14)
Topics:Cooperative Highway Systems
Status: Current
Project Value: £200k
Start date - End date: 1 September 2013 to 30 September 2015
Contractor: TRL/ Halcrow
HA Contact: Thompson, I
Method of Procurement: T-TEAR

Project Back­ground

In the UK there is a con­tin­ued move towards the intro­duc­tion of wire­less charg­ing as an addi­tion to the EV plug in charg­ing infra­struc­ture in the UK. To sup­port this grow­ing mar­ket and infra­struc­ture for it, and gov­ern­ment pol­icy behind it, the Agency is inves­ti­gat­ing how the strate­gic road net­work could respond. The chal­lenge for the Agency is to test out the fea­si­bil­ity of an EV bat­tery charg­ing sys­tem that can oper­ate on the strate­gic road net­work. A feasabil­ity study will inves­ti­gate poten­tial solu­tions, which will be fol­lowed by an off road and on motor­way trial

Project Objec­tives

a) To inves­ti­gate dynamic bat­tery charg­ing sys­tems for elec­tric vehi­cles on the strate­gic road net­work that will:

  •  Mit­i­gate against EV’s run­ning out of power.
  •  Help reduce fuel costs, thus sup­port­ing eco­nomic growth.
  •  Have a min­i­mum impact on the road sur­face in terms of instal­la­tion and maintenance.

b) Help reduce envi­ron­men­tal impact from road users in terms of:

  • Bet­ter air qual­ity, thus reduc­ing risk of EU fines.
  • Reduced noise lev­els, improv­ing qual­ity of life of those liv­ing next to network.R
  • Reduced pol­lu­tion from lower tailpipe emis­sions (carbon).

c) To con­sider the finan­cial charg­ing mech­a­nisms for energy received by EV owners.

d) Iden­tify what addi­tional ser­vices that could be intro­duced at the same time, sup­port­ing value added ser­vices to road users and oper­a­tionally for the Agency.

Project Sum­mary

A fea­si­bil­ity study which will be an in depth analy­sis of the poten­tial for the instal­la­tion of an dynamic charg­ing sys­tem under the sur­face of the road where there will be fast mov­ing traf­fic of cars, coaches, LGVs and HGVs with vary­ing vol­umes and road con­di­tions. It will pro­vide the Agency with rec­om­men­da­tions for the way forward.

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